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Dust Devil seen in Ascension Parish

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GONZALES - A WBRZ viewer captured stunning video of a huge dust devil outside a restaurant in Ascension Parish this week. 

The passerby caught the footage on a dashboard camera late Wednesday afternoon while driving down Burnside Avenue. Video shows the whirlwind towering over a nearby SUV and whipping around small pieces of debris in a parking lot.

No significant damage was reported.

The National Weather Service says dust devils typically range anywhere from 10 to 300 feet, with a rough height of 500 to 1,000 feet tall. They usually last only minutes before dissipating. 

Dust devils are the result of strong "surface heating," typically where two different surfaces — like dirt and asphalt — meet. They often occur when the sky is clear and winds are light, allowing the ground to heat the low-lying air to much greater temperatures than the air above it. The hotter, less dense air then quickly rises through the cool air above, creating rotational forces that can form a dust devil.  

You can read more on the weather phenomenon here.

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