Most people dream of seeing a weather phenomenon up close and in person. While we rather not get an up close view or dangerous weather events, such as tornadoes and hurricanes, seeing a half-tornado form in the sky or a water spout on Lake Erie is pretty cool from the distance.

What about a dust devil?

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A dust devil is a whirlwind that usually only has for a few seconds or few minutes. They’re small enough to be relatively harmless, for the most part.

This past weekend, one happened down in Ellicottville.

According to Mike Doyle of WIVB Weather, a viewer shared a photo of a dust devil captured up close in Ellicottville and it looks incredible.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dust devil captured like that in Western New York. We’re famous for water spouts off Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, but dust devils are rare here.

This is also a reminder that we’re getting into warmer temperatures, so always be mindful of thunderstorms. They will get stronger as we head into the summer in a few weeks and it’s not uncommon to get small tornadoes in this region either.

We don’t have it near as bad as the Midwest or southeast for that stuff, but still, it’s always best to be prepared for the fast-moving weather systems this time of year.

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