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6 Incredible, Baffling Natural Phenomena In Idaho

Nature can be simultaneously beautiful and destructive, as Idaho’s erratic weather and landscape demonstrates. From the magical aurora borealis, to the highly volatile “firenado,” Idaho is a twilight zone of one awesome spectacle after another, even if some of those are just as dangerous as they are incredible to witness. Here are just a few:

6. Fire Tornadoes


This rare phenomenon is created when fire forms a tornado-like vortex of flames and ash. They can be caused when a tornado spins too closely to a forest fire, or when excessive heat is generated in a small area in combination with windy conditions.

Nature is truly remarkable and — admittedly — a tad intimidating here in Idaho. Have you ever witnessed any of these events? Do you have other names for them, or photos to share? Let us know in the comments!

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