Initially starting as a controlled burn in Adams County, Colo., on Friday, March 14, 2014, firefighters caught a glimpse of a rare, highly unpredictable weather phenomenon known as a firenado.
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. 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.
The first widespread ice storm of the season will slowly diminish over parts of the southern and central Plains, but areas of slippery travel will continue into early Monday.
Summer-like heat will be short-lived eastern Australia early this week in advance of a cold front.
The reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final day of November.
After another brief shot of chilly air over the weekend, the month of December will start out milder across the Northeast.
December will begin with a roar across the Northwest as rounds of rain, mountain snow and even ice are in store this week.
The strongest El Nino in 50 years will unfold this winter and significantly alter the chances for a white Christmas across the country.
Huntington, WV (1985)
First November on record with no snow.
Minneapolis, MN (1991)
A total of 46.9 inches of snow during November 1991 established a new all-time record for any month.
Buffalo, NY (2001)
The month was the mildest, most snow-free Novembers in history. There was not a flake of snow the entire month, which was the first time since records were kept.