Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wild Dust Devil Stops A Softball Game. For A Minute

A large dust devil scored a home run during
a college softball game in Virginia last Saturday.  
A viral video is circulating now that shows the highlight of a college womens softball game last Saturday between the Lynchburg Hornets and Bridgewater Eagles in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The video is at the bottom of this post.

The star of the game turned out to be a large dust devil. 

Everybody seems incredibly nonchalant as the huge dust devil passes over the infield. The umpire stopped play until the dust devil settled down. Within a minute, though, it was game on!

Dust devils usually hit on nice, sunny days, like the weather Lynchburg was experiencing Saturday.

The sun heats up air near the ground, and that warm air rises into cooler air up above.  More warm air near the surface flows into the spot where the original warm air rose, that air rises, and you get sort of a chimney effect.

Then, wind blowing horizontally into this chimney gets it spinning, and a dust devil forms.

Dust devils rarely hurt anybody or cause damage, though a few of the very strongest ones can get destructive.

Like most dust devils, the one at the Lynchburg softball game caused no harm. It was just kinda fun.


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