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Mini ‘Dust-Devil’ Vortex Caught Swirling Up On Greater Manchester Moors

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A mini ‘tornado-like’ vortex, or dust devil, was spotted up on the moors by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday.

The dust devil was captured on film by firefighters still tackling the blaze on the moors near Denshaw.

Described as a mass of swirling air, although tornado-like, a dust devil lacks the same intensity as a tornado, usually forming in sunny weather.

GMFRS said: “A number of dust devils were caught on camera whirling across the #moorlandfire in Denshaw yesterday – another challenge for our crews!

“We missed the part where one pulled the water from a ground monitor and soaked a couple of our firefighters wet through.”

Dust devils are formed when a pocket of hot air rises quickly, causing an updraft.

Tornadoes usually form from the clouds downwards, whereas dust devils form from the ground up.

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