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"Flammagenitus" - a new name for a cloud phenomenon (video)

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Viewer Shannon Wilson shared this photo of Flammagenitus forming over a smoke plume near Great Falls Viewer Shannon Wilson shared this photo of Flammagenitus forming over a smoke plume near Great Falls
GREAT FALLS -

Spring is an annual awakening, a time when things get just a little brighter in Montana.

It's also a time of preparation, getting the field ready for growing season.

And for many, that means conducting controlled burns to renew the land.

Lately, we've received numerous photos from people showing large plumes of smoke rising into the Big Sky, and at the top, a small cloud forming.

That cloud forms because of the hot air rising into the atmosphere and condensing.

Massive wildfires can actually create their own weather above them.

We used to call those clouds "Pyrocumulus," or fire cloud - but not anymore.

Earlier this month, the World Meteorological Organization added several new cloud names to its official atlas.

Convection initiated by a fire is now known as "Flammagenitus."

Several other new cloud names were issued this year, and you can see the full atlas by clicking here.

Here is another example, shared with us by Steven Hellman: 

Flammagenitus Cloud

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