Dust devil

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A dust devil is a strong, well-formed, and relatively short-lived whirlwind, ranging from small (half a metre wide and a few metres tall) to large (more than 10 metres wide and more than 1000 metres tall).wikipedia
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Tornado

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They are comparable to tornadoes in that both are a weather phenomenon involving a vertically oriented rotating column of wind.
Other tornado-like phenomena that exist in nature include the gustnado, dust devil, fire whirl, and steam devil.

Whirlwind

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A dust devil is a strong, well-formed, and relatively short-lived whirlwind, ranging from small (half a metre wide and a few metres tall) to large (more than 10 metres wide and more than 1000 metres tall).
Other lesser whirlwinds include dust devils, as well as steam devils, snow devils, debris devils, leaf devils or hay devils, water devils, and shear eddies such as the mountainado and eddy whirlwinds.

Secondary flow

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The secondary flow in the dust devil causes other hot air to speed horizontally inward to the bottom of the newly forming vortex.
Tornadoes and dust devils display localised vortex flow.

Dust devil tracks

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Dust devils also occur on Mars (see dust devil tracks) and were first photographed by the Viking orbiters in the 1970s.
Many areas on Mars experience the passage of giant dust devils.

Mars

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Dust devils also occur on Mars (see dust devil tracks) and were first photographed by the Viking orbiters in the 1970s.
The commonly accepted theories include that they are dark underlying layers of soil revealed after avalanches of bright dust or dust devils.

Steam devil

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Steam devils are phenomena often observed in the steam rising from power plants.
Lyons and Pease named steam devils by comparison to the dust devils on land to which they have a comparable size and structure.

Storm

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Small localized areas of low pressure can form from hot air rising off hot ground, resulting in smaller disturbances such as dust devils and whirlwinds.

Spirit (rover)

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Mission members monitoring the Spirit rover on Mars reported on March 12, 2005, that a lucky encounter with a dust devil had cleaned the solar panels of that robot.
On March 9, 2005 (probably during the Martian night), the rover's solar panel efficiency jumped from the original ~60% to 93%, followed on March 10, by the sighting of dust devils.

Landspout

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Fire whirl

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A fire whirl or swirl, sometimes called fire devils or fire tornadoes, can be seen during intense fires in combustible building structures or, more commonly, in forest or bush fires.

Mesocyclone

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Most tornadoes are associated with a larger parent circulation, the mesocyclone on the back of a supercell thunderstorm.

Supercell

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Most tornadoes are associated with a larger parent circulation, the mesocyclone on the back of a supercell thunderstorm.

Thunderstorm

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Most tornadoes are associated with a larger parent circulation, the mesocyclone on the back of a supercell thunderstorm.

Angular momentum

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As the air rapidly rises, the column of hot air is stretched vertically, thereby moving mass closer to the axis of rotation, which causes intensification of the spinning effect by conservation of angular momentum.

Friction

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The spinning effect, along with surface friction, usually will produce a forward momentum.

Coconino County, Arizona

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One such dust devil struck the Coconino County Fairgrounds in Flagstaff, Arizona, on September 14, 2000, causing extensive damage to several temporary tents, stands and booths, as well as some permanent fairgrounds structures.

Flagstaff, Arizona

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One such dust devil struck the Coconino County Fairgrounds in Flagstaff, Arizona, on September 14, 2000, causing extensive damage to several temporary tents, stands and booths, as well as some permanent fairgrounds structures.

Enhanced Fujita scale

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Based on the degree of damage left behind, it is estimated that the dust devil produced winds as high as 75 mph (120 km/h), which is equivalent to an EF-0 tornado.

Lebanon, Maine

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On May 19, 2003, a dust devil lifted the roof off a two-story building in Lebanon, Maine, causing it to collapse and kill a man inside.

El Paso, Texas

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In East El Paso, Texas in 2010, three children in an inflatable jump house were picked up by a dust devil and lifted over 10 feet (3 m), traveling over a fence and landing in a backyard three houses away.

Inflatable castle

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In East El Paso, Texas in 2010, three children in an inflatable jump house were picked up by a dust devil and lifted over 10 feet (3 m), traveling over a fence and landing in a backyard three houses away.

Commerce City, Colorado

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In Commerce City, Colorado in 2018, a powerful dust devil hurtled two porta-potties into the air.

Chemical toilet

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In Commerce City, Colorado in 2018, a powerful dust devil hurtled two porta-potties into the air.

Parachuting

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Dust devils are also considered major hazards among skydivers and paragliding pilots as they can cause a parachute or a paraglider to collapse with little to no warning, at altitudes considered too low to cut away, and contribute to the serious injury or death of parachutists.