A very rare photo of a firenado in Missouri was caught by Janae Copelin using her Instagram, as reported by MSN. The swirling funnel of smoke, gas, and debris formed when a farmer was burning his field. Lucky for Copelin, she was at the right place at the right time to capture the firenado.
A firenado, also known as the “fire whirl” or “fire-devil”, is a tornado when intense heat and turbulent wind conditions combine to form whirling eddies of air. These eddies tighten into a tornado-like structure that sucks in burning debris and combustible gases. Thus a firenado is formed. A firenado is usually one to three feet wide and 50 to 100 feet tall. Under right conditions, a firenado can be several tens of feet wide and more than 1,000 feet tall. Their internal temperatures can reach up to 2,000 °F, which is hot enough to reignite ashes sucked up from the ground. Firenado usually form when a wildfire or firestorm creates its own wind.
According to a report by Daily News, Copelin is now a bit of a current celebrity because of the picture of the firenado she took. She had this to state with Kansas City’s KMBC 9:
“The [firenado] sound and heat were intense and a bit scary not knowing if it would stay put, but it lasted a couple of minutes.”
It is when Copelin posted the firenado on her Instagram account did the picture go viral. Like stated above, a firenado is extremely rare and anyone taking a picture of one is a diamond in the rough. Fortunately for Copelin, and anyone around at the time, nobody was injured from the firenado.
In related Inquisitr news, we actually reported of another rare firenado last year. Chris Tangey, caught the firenado, this time on film. The unique thing about Tangey’s firenado is it lasted half an hour, enough time to record a video of it. As for Copelin’s firenado, her Instagram post is shown below showcasing the firenado. At least the firenado wasn’t filled with fire-proof sharks or anything like that. That would be disastrous!
[Images via Instagram]