Watch Coalnado Dust Devil Appears at Surface Mine in West Virginia

first_img Watch: Tornado Touches Down in New Jersey, Flips CarDrone Footage Captures Tornado Damage in Ohio Stay on target A bizarre “coalnado” appeared at a surface mine in West Virginia on Monday and it looked like something straight out of a disaster movie.The “coalnado,” which occurred when a dust devil created a dark column of air, was reported at a surface mine in Elkhorn, West Virginia on July 29, Fox News reported. Footage of the swirly sight was captured by Randy Walters, who shared it on Facebook with the caption “coal tornado” and a worried face emoji.center_img Local media outlets were also alerted about the whirlwind and nicknamed it “coalnado.” Interestingly enough, dust devils, such as Monday’s “coalnado,” develop on the surface of the ground and move upwards, WVVA noted. It’s likely that the “coalnado” was created when darker-colored coal absorbed more sunlight, resulting in a rising column of hot air that rotated due to a change in wind direction above the surface.There has been a lot of excitement over the “coal tornado” in McDowell county, which was essentially a dust devil that formed over the area. Below is a graphic from our friends at NWS Reno, NV explaining how a dust devil (or in our case a coal devil) forms. #coaltornado pic.twitter.com/rLDAW3dcT6— NWS Charleston, WV (@NWSCharlestonWV) July 31, 2019According to the American Meteorological Society, dust devils are occasionally strong enough to cause minor damage and their height is roughly 200 meters. Dust devils can develop in dryer regions that are prone to intense surface heating, clear skies, and warm weather.More on Geek.com:Watch: Tornado Touches Down in New Jersey, Flips CarWatch: ‘Poop Tornado’ Destroys Homes After Sewer Line BlockageDrone Footage Captures Tornado Damage in Ohiolast_img

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