The year of 2020 has been full of surprise and shocks, with almost the entire world being locked up in their homes trying to avoid catching an infection, 2020 has tossed upon us a new surprise – a fire tornado or as meteorologist shorten it to firenado. The fire tornado had formed over a California forest fire i.e. that Loyalton Fire on Saturday (15th August) for a brief period of time.
The rare occurrence was spotted near California and the National Weather Service Office (NWS) issued tornado alerts for the pyrocumulonimbus cloud. The NWS further stated that the pyrocumulonimbus cloud that arose from the forest fires was showing “extremely dangerous behavior”.
This probably is the first in a kind tornado alert that signals of a fire tornado issued by NWS.
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A pyrocumulonimbus cloud is a type of cloud that usually forms over a source of intense rising heat such as a volcano or a fire. The “firenado” then comes into the picture and brings together particles from the nearby burning fire, dirt and smoke into the cloud. A firenado depending on how huge they grow can be termed as dangerous and in 2018 itself, a fire tornado took at least two lives in northwestern California during the Carr Fire.
The NWS Reno took to Twitter and stated: “Firenadoes are an extreme weather phenomenon that can occur with rotating fire columns. As extreme as this behavior is, the #CarrFire had an extreme example of this”.
The Loyalton Fire has already burned 20,000 acres of land and by Sunday (16th August), 5% of the fire was contained. The fire burns east of Loyalton town and the cause of the fire is still being investigated. California this past week has experience heatwave unlike any other. The heatwave has broken all records with the temperature rising up to triple digits.
The extremely dry conditions due to low humidity in the air have made it difficult for the firefighter to contain the blaze. Considering the critical conditions a Red Flag warning has already been issued in parts of Central California.
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