Dust devils whips through dry field in the Philippines

This is the moment a dust devil whipped through a dry field in the Philippines on Tuesday (April 13). Resident Kristine Grace Tan said she was relaxing in a hut nearby when the strong winds blew on a hot afternoon in Tarlac province. Sand from the nearby construction site as well as other debris flew in the air as the violent gust of funnel-shaped wind ripped through the field. Kristine said that the dust devil eventually dissipated after only 15 minutes without damaging anything. She said: ‘It was gone immediately. It did not damage anything nor hurt anyone. It only lasted for 15 minutes then it’s gone.’ Dust devils are a type of whirlwind tornado that form when the sun heats a patch of land and the air above becomes warmer and rises quickly. Cooler air then moves into the low-pressure gap left by the rising warm air. The new drafts of cooler air also heat up, rise and the cycle continues, picking up dust and debris making the spiral visible as it rises skywards.