Dust devil has never been a more appropriate term:
(h/t: Bad Astronomy)
Before humankind knew about heat and wind and convection and whatever else is related to crazy weathery things, it’s interesting to think about what people thought they were seeing when they saw things like this. It’s no surprise that stories of fire-breathing dragons and similar creatures and anomalies predominately exist prior to our current scientific understanding.
In today’s world, we know that fire can do some pretty strange things — like create funnel clouds in Alaska, which has on average about 0 tornadoes a year.