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Dust Devil Photographed in South Iceland

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Dust Devil Photographed in South Iceland

Dust devil.

The dust devil in front of Hjörleifshöfði, South Iceland. Photo: Lars Lehnert

Two German photographers captured pictures of a dust devil by Hjörleifshöfði, South Iceland, yesterday afternoon, Vísir reports.

Dust devil.

Photo by Stefan Christmann.

The photos, taken by Lars Lehnert and Stefan Christmann, are published with their permission.

Dust devil.

Photo by Lars Lehnert.

They witnessed the dust devil form and disappear again as they drove past Hjörleifshöfði. Such whirlwinds form when wind speed or the direction of the wind changes rapidly. They are likeliest to form by sharp edges in the landscape, such as Hjörleifshöfði. Their primary vertical motion is upward.

Dust devil.

Photo by Lars Lehnert.

According to Meteorologist Trausti Jónsson, such whirlwinds most likely form where cold, glacial air blows over warm sand and meets wind from a different direction.

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