Stunned by the "coolest, scariest thing" she had ever seen, Photographer Janae Copelin caught a snapshot early this week of a rare weather marvel known as a firenado.
The whirling "fire-devil" was spawned as a farmer burned off his field in Chillicothe, Missouri.
A swirling rotation of smoke, gas and debris, a firenado is generated when an active fire is swept upwards by strong winds, creating a vortex.
"The heat of the fire rising through the air allows the vortex to strengthen and create the firenado," AccuWeather Meteorologist Eric Leister said. "The firenado can then suck more brush and debris into itself and fuel the fire further."
Firenadoes can be extremely dangerous, as they have the ability to throw burning embers miles away.
A firenado is spawned on a field in Chillicothe, Mo., the week of May 7, 2014. (Photo/Janae Copelin)
They are usually between five and 10 stories high and can measure up to 10 feet wide.
While this rarity lasts usually only minutes, the largest firenadoes have been known to create winds topping 100 mph.
More than two dozen people have died in West Virginia as a result of extreme flooding that inundated portions of the state on Thursday.
Another round of sizzling heat threatens to aggravate the ongoing wildfire situation across the southwestern United States through early week.
Following a rain-free weekend for many in the Northeast, residents may be wondering if this is a sign of things to come for July.
The next round of thunderstorm downpours will swing into the Appalachians with the risk of isolated flash flooding on Monday.
With the start of summer comes more time traveling and the unfortunate mess some items will leave if left baking in a hot car.
Showers threaten to cause delays on a nearly daily basis next week at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships.
Extreme heat: Raleigh, NC 104 degrees, June record Greensboro, NC 102 degrees, June record Charlotte, NC 102.8 degrees, June record Columbia, SC 107 degrees, record high
Louisiana/Texas border (1957)
Hurricane Audrey 940 mb/27.75"; 105 plus mph winds, $130 million damage, 430 lost in storm tide when it smashed ashore at Cameron, LA; bayou areas flooded.
Record heat wave continued: Location: New Record(F): Old Record(F)/Year: Denver, CO 102 96/1970 Phoenix, AZ 118 116/1979 Los Angeles, CA 109 102/1976