Weather Tidbits: Dust Devils

Today’s Weather Tidbits is about the dust devil. A dust devil is a small but rapidly rotating wind made by dust, sand, and debris it picks up from the surface. They best occur on hot, clear and dry days and are common in arid and semi-arid areas. Most dust devils are harmless but on rare occasions, they can produce minimal damage with winds over 85 mph. They are also called whirlwinds or in Australia, the Aboriginal word “willy-willy”.

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