WATCH: Rare ‘dust devil’ filmed in Wiltshire village

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A RARE weather phenomenon normally associated with the desert plains of North America has made an unlikely appearance – in the leafy Wiltshire village of Lacock.

The ‘dust devil’ was caught on camera by mum-of-two Melissa Mundy as it suddenly formed in a car park.

It collected dust and gravel as it spun towards Melissa’s car, where she was sitting with her husband Ben and their two young children.

Dust devils form in flat barren areas as a swirling updraft under sunny conditions during fair weather.

They are strong, well-formed, and relatively long-lived whirlwinds which can grow to more than 10 meters wide and 1,000 meters tall.

Dust devils are usually harmless, but can on rare occasions grow large enough to pose a threat to both people and property.

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