Giant dust devil captured on video in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada

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This giant dust devil was caught on video by Matt Norton in the small city of Airdrie, near Calgary in west Canada.

The awesome whirlwind raising a huge cloud of dust was witnessed on April 11, 2016. So cool to look at!

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A dust devil is a strong, well-formed, and relatively long-lived whirlwind, ranging from small (half a meter wide and a few meters tall) to large (more than 10 meters wide and more than 1000 meters tall).

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Dust devils are usually harmless, but can on rare occasions grow large enough to pose a threat to both people and property.

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They are comparable to tornadoes in that both are a weather phenomenon of a vertically oriented rotating column of wind. Most tornadoes are associated with a larger parent circulation, the mesocyclone on the back of a supercell thunderstorm.

In contrast, dust devils form as a swirling updraft under sunny conditions during fair weather, rarely coming close to the intensity of a tornado.

Awesome footage! What a spin!

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