Fiery Tornado In California
The latest releases of 2020 that do not stop until now, as a fiery tornado was seen on Saturday near a fire in California.
California – USA – A group of fire tornadoes made of smoke and flame struck Lassen County, California , churning around as the Loyalton Fire rapidly expanded to more than 20,000 acres. Extreme fire behavior and pinpoint lightning strikes accompanied the massive blaze, which was 5 percent contained Sunday morning after burning for two days.
The powerful fire and potent rotation inside the wildfire even prompted the National Weather Service in Reno, Nev., to issue what is believed to be the first weather alert of its kind: a “ Fiery Tornado warning.”
Fire tornadoes contain tornado wind speeds that form when a smoke plume behaves like a thunderstorm. Saturday’s quickly-swelling wildfire produced a smoke plume that towered 30,000 feet high and began spitting out lightning strikes. It also tapped into a change of wind speed and direction with altitude, and began to rotate.
Fire tornadoes can be massive and deadly. In 2018, one claimed the lives of a firefighter and bulldozer driver battling the Carr Fire. When the National Weather Service surveyed the damage on that fiery tornado, it determined it was equivalent to an EF-3 tornado with winds in excess of 143 mph.
Social media videos captured several of the incredible tornadoes, shrouded in amber haze and smoke, and reminiscent of scenes from a horror movie.
Fire Tornado today outside Chilcoot and Hallelujah Junction California. This was intense and scary!!!! @TheTXWXchaser @spahn711 @JimCantore @ReedTimmerAccu @jeffpiotrowski #CAwx #LoyaltonFire #firenado #FireSeason2020 pic.twitter.com/vfwrTKK02n
— Tasha Joy (@That1GirlTasha) August 16, 2020
From last night taken near Troy, MI. Severe warned storm over St. Clair County around 8:30PM. CC lightning blew this out a little but looked pretty beasty. #thunderstorm #puremichigan #summerstorms #miwx @spann @ReedTimmerAccu @JimCantore @Ginger_Zee @rexroth7wxyz @PGLocal4 pic.twitter.com/5LUTpnjmBQ
— Robert Lawrence (@LarryBobWX) August 16, 2020