Whirlwind spins on the northwest side of the fissure 8 cinder cone

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A whirlwind spins on the northwest side of the fissure 8 cinder cone, in this video taken on July 10, 2018. A whirlwind is associated with strong heating of the near-surface layer. The hot air rises fast and a light wind can push the air column to begin a rotation. As the rotation is stretched/narrowed, it spins faster. Because of the reoccurring rain near the fissure, the moisture and clouds made the rotating column easier to see for the brief time period it was active. The brown cloud is gases rising from the fissure 8 lava fountain.

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