The Firenado is Real and Terrifying

Just when you think it was safe to go outside, Mother Nature has created the firenado. You can run, you can hide, but nothing you do can ever protect you from its vengeful wrath.

And in even more terrifying news, these things are somewhat common.

Firewhirls turn and burn. They are rapidly spinning vortices that form when air superheated by an intense wildfire rises rapidly, consolidating low-level spin from winds converging into the fire like a spinning ice skater, pulling its arms inward.

The typical firewhirl can grow to about 100 feet tall, but is very narrow, on the order of a couple of feet wide.

So, yeah, you’re going to die.

[H/T: The Weather Channel, via NBC News]