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Dust devil touches down in Brooklyn park

Dust Devil Touches Down in Brooklyn Park

A dust devil descended upon Brooklyn's McCarren Park on August 10, surprising local residents who were out enjoying the sunshine. A few onlookers ran toward the small twister that touched down in Williamsburg, a neighborhood known for its "hipsters." Michael Gambale, who captured this video, cautioned, "No, don't go in the middle!"

According to the official definition of a dust devil from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it's a "small, rapidly rotating wind that is made visible by the dust, dirt or debris it picks up. Also called a whirlwind, it develops best on clear, dry, hot afternoons."

Gambale told Mother Jones that he was just relaxing in the park with friends when it occurred. "It was amazing," he said. "I had my ... double rainbow' moment."‚Äč

As for the guy who ran into the middle of it? "He just got all dusty," Gambale says.

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dwtomczyk August 11 2014 at 6:56 AM

i thought a tree growing there was new's.

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fred August 11 2014 at 7:37 AM

Never had stuff like this 'til they started fracking in South Dakota.......:)

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nan.pelosi fred August 11 2014 at 9:22 AM

I never heard of them until Obama became president.

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rodshiley71 fred August 11 2014 at 12:48 PM

Come to Arizona. You'll see 100 every day.

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Randy August 11 2014 at 11:41 AM

oooooooohhhh - But I thought New Yawkuhs were supposed to be "tough" and "street smart" -- but being afraid of a "dust devil'????? Heck, they pop up all over the southwest and Midwest like dandelions... and I have yet to see any native of the area be afraid of a "dust devil"... now tornados - they're a different story.

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bkmil Randy August 11 2014 at 4:35 PM

those people experiencing it werent real newyorkers, they are girlymen liberal hipsters who vote for Obama and gentrify the area and push out low income minorities.

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Tommy Randy August 11 2014 at 8:03 PM

Randy, why don't you come take a walk around the area surrounding this section of Brooklyn and see how tough you are?

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VegasSmitty August 11 2014 at 11:38 AM

Shame it didn't suck up Al Sharpton.

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MICHAEL August 11 2014 at 10:02 AM

a dust devil? seriously? they should live in az. they're everywhere you look. i cant believe a dust devil makes news these days when the entire world is coming unglued and people are dying.

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vcgh2000 MICHAEL August 11 2014 at 12:18 PM

Michael, As long as we have an uninformed electorate, no one questions some of the stupid decisions those in power make.
It used to be called the "dumbing-down" of America.

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bkmil MICHAEL August 11 2014 at 4:36 PM

with the liberal dumbing down of America, it should be nosuprise. Listen to the goof ball Obama/ Deblasio supporting hipster who shot the video.

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Mocs August 11 2014 at 8:44 AM

Listen to the hipsters freaking out.

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dwc1863 August 11 2014 at 10:43 AM

For all you "lambs" who believe in the Jewish Story Book (aka Bible) this is the pillar of fire that stopped the Egyptians from the fictional exodus from Egypt. No pillar of fire, pillar of dust.

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Lewis Day dwc1863 August 11 2014 at 3:11 PM


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Nancy Lewis Day August 11 2014 at 5:29 PM

Stop shouting and it's YOU'RE. Get it? A contraction for you are. And I'm willing to take the gamble.

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zaticon1 August 11 2014 at 1:56 PM

Oh, c'MON, Nan! It's BUSHS' fault!

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vstlvlvaccaro August 11 2014 at 6:38 PM

The first time I saw one, I was hanging out at our community pool, and one of these suckers came in and took beach towels, diapers, and beach balls upwards of 50 feet in the air, for about 15 seconds....some of the stuff was deposited on the clubhouse roof!

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wilkesgm August 11 2014 at 3:50 PM

It's a sign from God - that's where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.

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