The year 2020 continued to make history as a terrible time as America received its first-ever warning of firenadoes.
"The Reno office of the National Weather Service warned Northern California of a fiery tornado Saturday afternoon that had sprung up near a large, fast-moving wildfire in the Sierra. That’s right: A firenado," the Sacramento Bee reported Saturday. "It is the first known issuance of a tornado warning for the climate phenomenon since it burst into California’s consciousness during the deadly Carr Fire in 2018."
Indeed, Washington Post meteorologist Matthew Cappucci confirmed it was a first.
"For the first time in history, a tornado warning has been issued for a likely fire tornado," Cappucci reported. "These are not 'firewhirls.' This is a rotating smoke plume being ingested into a pyrocumulonimbus cloud that could produce a bonafide fire-induced tornado. Tornadic wind speeds."
Here are some of the images and videos people were posting online:
image of the fire tornado in Lassen Co., CA today. divine. gorgeous. unbelievable. https://t.co/jr9zj89tTh— Morgan J. Fuld // mjfuld54 (@Morgan J. Fuld // mjfuld54)1597538386.0
What the fuck? A fire tornado in CA? What the hell even is this year? Seriously like whoever is play jumanji PLEASE… https://t.co/woBPLvPTJd— Alexis James (Lexi) 💚🏹 (@Alexis James (Lexi) 💚🏹)1597542135.0
Fire Tornado today outside Chilcoot and Hallelujah Junction California. This was intense and scary!!!!… https://t.co/ErSnM0pGxS— Tasha Joy (@Tasha Joy)1597541931.0
Who had #FireTornado on their list of things left that could happen in 2020?!? Well, CA officially had the first Fi… https://t.co/HLilG2z5SB— Brad Everett Young (@Brad Everett Young)1597543132.0
The "Fire Tornado" #LoyaltonFire is less than 20 miles away. Here's some photos my friend took on the road someti… https://t.co/fFyWTbMrAQ— Ginger 🌲 Sierra❄ Nevada 😷 #CA01 (@Ginger 🌲 Sierra❄ Nevada 😷 #CA01)1597539650.0
To be sure, this is not the first fire tornado in history, but it's the first warning for one. The worst one I'm a… https://t.co/mhK3CECvXm— Eric Holthaus (@Eric Holthaus)1597535917.0