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  • 2002 Chicago Tribune , Tom Skilling

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2002-06-21/news/0206210176_1_tornado-whirl-wgn

    "...A firenado is an intense tornado-like whirlwind that forms in the plume of heated air rising above a large fire. It is made visible by smoke and, if the fire is large enough, by flame drawn into the whirl.

    Like a tornado, a firenado exists within a column of warm, rising air. But unlike a tornado that begins within the updraft contained in a cumulonimbus (thunderhead) cloud and then builds downward, eventually making contact with the ground, a firenado starts as a ground-level whirl and then builds upward. ... "

    August 20, 2013