With all the insane weather we've experienced in the last year, we hooked up with meteorologist Reed Timmer, star of Discovery’s Storm Chasers, to rate the world's wildest weather phenomena.
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Game over, man! Game over! Not even Bill Paxton would be a match for these swirling messes of hellfire, capable of reaching 2,000 flesh-melting degrees and thousands of feet in height. Fire tornadoes can pop up during Hades-hot wildfires, in which surging temperatures and winds create a natural updraft that sucks flames into a violent column of spinning air and fire that’s just aching to go all Raiders of the Lost Ark on your face. Running into one of these may be the closest you can get to experiencing the surface of the sun, so give it a shot if you’re curious.
Reed's Take: “This is a vortex that we would not want to intercept. Maybe someday, if we can make my storm-chasing truck, the Dominator 2, fireproof, we’ll be able to get inside one of these fire-nadoes.”
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Haboob Dust Storm
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A massive city-size dust storm (seriously: search YouTube for “Phoenix haboob” to see the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to Arizona). It turns day into can’t-see-shit night and your lungs into a nasty vacuum bag.
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