Horrifying pictures and videos have gone viral online of a freak fire tornado in California. Now, experts have spoken out about why this rare phenomenon is so worrying...
2020 really feels like a real life horror movie...And the weekend's events seem to have just topped the whole thing off.
On Saturday, August 15, there was a strange act of mother nature in California.
@BradEYoung Holy cats. This year just never stops.— 💖Kay Watson (@💖Kay Watson)1597545020.0
Alarming pictures quickly began surfacing on social media.
@BradEYoung There is nothing that would really surprise me this year. Maybe a few things but to be honest I’m reall… https://t.co/SJvvjetibq— Robert Britz 🐈👻🎶📽👽❤️🦉 (@Robert Britz 🐈👻🎶📽👽❤️🦉)1597554901.0
It's the first time in history a warning has been issued like this.And residents in nearby areas have been left petrified.
The occurrence happened in Lassen County, California, twenty-five miles north of Reno.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it believed to have derived from a 20,000-acre wildfire in Northern California, that started on Aug. 14.
This is not your typical tornado, though...
via: Getty ImagesMeteorologist Dawn Johnson told The New York Times. "‘It’s not like a typical tornado where it happens, everything clears out, and you safely go and investigate."
via: Getty Images"In this case, there’s a massive wildfire burning in the same location, so the logistics are a lot more complicated."
So, what exactly does a fire tornado consist of?
via: Getty ImagesWell, there are multiple components that must come together for fire tornadoes to form.
There must be a combination of unstable wind patterns, uneven terrain, and the intense heat from a fire.
via: Getty ImagesOn top of this, elements like gas being released from burning vegetation serve as fuel for the tornadoes as well.
On Saturday afternoon, the Weather Service issued a warning about a possible “fire-induced tornado" from the Loyalton Wildfire in parts of Lassen County.
For the first time in history, a tornado warning has been issued for a likely *fire tornado*. These are not "firew… https://t.co/gTTxHSR7JJ— Matthew Cappucci (@Matthew Cappucci)1597529634.0
As of Sunday...
via: Getty ImagesThe wildfire believed to be the root cause was said to be 5 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Following the warning...
@JosephBlanco1 What the fuck is it with this year?— Paul Hill (@Paul Hill)1597603447.0
Of course, it wasn't long before pictures and videos started emerging on social media.
@JosephBlanco1 It’s like we’re stuck at the beginning of a Dwayne Johnson movie and he hasn’t shown up yet to save us all.— Chip Shoulder (@Chip Shoulder)1597620778.0
“2020 can’t get any worse” August: fire tornado https://t.co/YCKEY6BYxX— Joseph Blanco (@Joseph Blanco)1597561554.0
#firetornado in California unbelievable 2020 is crazy https://t.co/jgK16gonUq— The Walker (@The Walker)1597545959.0
Huge thank you to all the firefighters, Hot Shots and Forest Service men and women that saved our property and busi… https://t.co/kt0fMOKssV— Danielle Peel (@Danielle Peel)1597600214.0
WHEN I SAID I WISHED I LIVED IN THE HARRY POTTER UNIVERSE THIS ISNT WHAT I MEANT #FireTornado https://t.co/0MCVeZhbJO— bruh (@bruh)1597601124.0
Who had #FireTornado on their list of things left that could happen in 2020?!? Well, CA officially had the first Fi… https://t.co/HLilG2z5SB— Brad Everett Young (@Brad Everett Young)1597543132.0
😱OMG Who Pissed 😡 Off #MotherNature #FireTornado 🔥🌪🙏🏽 https://t.co/MYX00e1dT7— MimiKelley (@MimiKelley)1597560915.0
Your telling me this is the 1st fire tornado to ever happen in the best year 2020!! #FireTornado https://t.co/sGG8j1IT51— F/A Bryp (@F/A Bryp)1597558699.0
This was the fire before the tornado 😐. #firetornado https://t.co/yBb6NqOAj6— Qela b (@Qela b)1597540630.0
The "Fire Tornado" #LoyaltonFire is less than 20 miles away. Here's some photos my friend took on the road someti… https://t.co/fFyWTbMrAQ— Ginger 🌲 Sierra❄ Nevada 😷 #CA01 (@Ginger 🌲 Sierra❄ Nevada 😷 #CA01)1597539650.0
An absolutely terrifying sight.
A fire tornado in California because it wouldn’t be 2020 without one https://t.co/5HbJVsugVm— Natasha 𓇼 (@Natasha 𓇼)1597540971.0