A worker at a horse facility witnessed a dust devil form first hand on a hot and windy day in Sisters, Oregon, on July 20.
Temperatures edged toward 100 degrees Fahrenheit on July 20, creating the ideal conditions for dust devils to form according to the National Weather Service.
Julie Kehler saw the phenomenon while working at the Renegade Equine horse facility and can be heard saying “it’s very, very hot out” in a video posted to Instagram showing the whirlwind.
“The open exposed dirt plots get super hot when the weather is warm and sunny. This provides the perfect scenario for dust devil’s to happen! On this day, there was a slight breeze and an intense 98° heat!” Kehler told Storyful.
“The horses stood and watched in playful amusement as their tails whipped behind them, somewhat scared.” Credit: Julie Kehler via Storyful