MISSOURI – A Missouri woman captured this incredible photo of a phenomenon that had been dubbed a “firenado” while she was driving down a country road near the town of Chillcothe last weekend.
“This had to be the coolest/scariest thing I’ve ever seen,” Janae Copelin wrote on her Instagram page.
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According to the Weather Channel “firenado’s” are more common than one may think:
“Firewhirls turn and burn. They are rapidly spinning vortices that form when air superheated by an intense wildfire rises rapidly, consolidating low-level spin from winds converging into the fire like a spinning ice skater, pulling its arms inward.” “The typical firewhirl can grow to about 100 feet tall, but is very narrow, on the order of a couple of feet wide.”