This is an interesting video of a fire vortex that has been making the rounds on the web. I’ve seen this phenomenon before in wildfires here in California, but this one is rather dramatic in color, intensity, and longevity. It’s worth a look. Don’t be surprised if we see a “global warming increases the frequency of fire tornados” sometime in the future.
In regards to the issue of seeing more “wild weather phenomena” lately in the news, I’ll point out that the expansion of cheap high quality cameras has made the reporting frequency increase thanks to millions of ordinary citizens being armed with them.
That shouldn’t be confused with a statistical increase of occurrence. For example, one could argue that with more cameras afoot in the field, we’d see more UFO and bigfoot sitings, but the truth is that these have not increased like weather sitings have.
In this video from AP, that also has the “Tornado of Fire”, note the stopped line of cars.
How many photos and videos of this event were taken by people that had cameras? I’m guessing a lot.
Here’s another one just this week:
and another in 2008…
In fact if you search YouTube you’ll find dozens…ten years ago could we have seen these? If one looks at the frequency of “fire tornados” in the last few years it would be easy to conclude they are a rising trend, more extreme weather due to global warming fodder for people like Joe Romm.
But the fact is that the frequency of reporting and sharing has increased.