Firenado: National Weather Service issues America’s first-ever warning for a fire tornado
The year 2020 continued to make history as a terrible time as America received its first-ever warning of firenadoes.
“The Reno office of the National Weather Service warned Northern California of a fiery tornado Saturday afternoon that had sprung up near a large, fast-moving wildfire in the Sierra. That’s right: A firenado,” the Sacramento Bee reported Saturday. “It is the first known issuance of a tornado warning for the climate phenomenon since it burst into California’s consciousness during the deadly Carr Fire in 2018.”
Indeed, Washington Post meteorologist Matthew Cappucci confirmed it was a first.
“For the first time in history, a tornado warning has been issued for a likely fire tornado,” Cappucci reported. “These are not ‘firewhirls.’ This is a rotating smoke plume being ingested into a pyrocumulonimbus cloud that could produce a bonafide fire-induced tornado. Tornadic wind speeds.”
Here are some of the images and videos people were posting online:
image of the fire tornado in Lassen Co., CA today. divine. gorgeous. unbelievable. https://t.co/jr9zj89tTh— never forget (@never forget)1597538386.0
What the fuck? A fire tornado in CA? What the hell even is this year? Seriously like whoever is play jumanji PLEASE… https://t.co/woBPLvPTJd— Alexis James (Lexi) 💚🏹 (@Alexis James (Lexi) 💚🏹)1597542135.0
Fire Tornado today outside Chilcoot and Hallelujah Junction California. This was intense and scary!!!!… https://t.co/ErSnM0pGxS— Tasha Joy (@Tasha Joy)1597541931.0