NOV 09, 2017 1:22 PM PST

Here's Everything You Need to Know About 'Firenados'

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard


In case you've never heard of a 'firenado' before, it's essentially exactly what it sounds like: a fiery tornado. Except, it's not. In fact, firenados aren't tornadoes at all; they're more like dust devils than anything.

Firenados can occur when a massive outdoor fire breaks out, such as natural wildfires. As the hot air from the flame rises, it can start exhibiting a spin on its way up. Fire embers then begin to ride the breeze upward, creating what looks like a swirling, fiery column.

Another fun fact: firenadoes don't last very long; many of them fizzle out in a matter of minutes while the fire rages on at ground-level.

A firenado can reach temperatures exceeding 2,000º Fahrenheit and stretch hundreds of feet into the air, so it's smart to stay far away from them. As long as you keep your distance, you won't be harmed by a firenado, so feel free to break out the smartphone camera and grab some footage if you're ever lucky enough to film one.

About the Author
Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
NOV 07, 2020
Space & Astronomy
Scientists Detect Origin of Fast Radio Burst in Milky Way
NOV 07, 2020
Scientists Detect Origin of Fast Radio Burst in Milky Way
Scientists have identified a burst of cosmic radio waves- intense flashes of radio emission that last just a few millise ...
DEC 10, 2020
Plants & Animals
3M Helps Solve Polar Bear Tracking Problem
DEC 10, 2020
3M Helps Solve Polar Bear Tracking Problem
As climate change continues to alter the Arctic landscape, polar bear research becomes more urgent. Observing animals in ...
JAN 04, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Did Intelligent Civilizations Roam Our Galaxy 5 Billion Years Ago?
JAN 04, 2021
Did Intelligent Civilizations Roam Our Galaxy 5 Billion Years Ago?
Researchers have found that there were likely many intelligent alien civilizations sprawled across our galaxy billions o ...
APR 21, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Earth-like Planet Discovered Orbiting Red Dwarf Star
APR 21, 2021
Earth-like Planet Discovered Orbiting Red Dwarf Star
Researchers from Spain have discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting the star, GJ-740, a red dwarf star located 36 light ...
MAY 23, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Why Do Some Stars Vanish from Space?
MAY 23, 2021
Why Do Some Stars Vanish from Space?
Current theories suggest that stars undergo changes on timescales of millions or billions of years, and that their end i ...
JUL 03, 2021
Space & Astronomy
Size of Planet Iron Core Depends on Star Magnetism
JUL 03, 2021
Size of Planet Iron Core Depends on Star Magnetism
Researchers led by the University of Maryland have found that the sun's magnetic field is the reason behind the larg ...
Loading Comments...