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      An EF-"Achoo"? Cottonwood fluff, swirling winds make for cool 'tornado' video

      "The big cottonwoods along the Green/Duwamish River behind my office have been producing cotton like crazy the last week and a half," he said. "The L shape of our building appears to trap much of it in a corner. We literally have a skiff of 'snow' on the grass, and earlier this week I captured blowing and drifting cotton."

      It's a good illustration of the swirling winds that are around us every day but we never really notice without anything in the wind.

      I found another instance on YouTube of something similar:



      And then, one of my favorite swirling wind videos of all time: The Beer Can Tornado! Filmed by our photographer Doug Pigsley on Dec. 15, 2008 in Downtown Seattle:

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