How Wildfires Generate “Never-Ending” Storms

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Under the right conditions, wildfires can form clouds and generate firestorms, which last far longer than normal thunderstorms.

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Pyrocumulonimbus cloud – a type of cumulonimbus cloud that forms that forms above wildfires and even volcanic eruptions, which can create thunderstorms
Virga – rain that evaporates before it hits the ground
Updraft – upward moving air in a thunderstorm
Downdraft – downward moving air in a thunderstorm

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