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Snow swirls in Enon: Storm Center 7 explains

Published: Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 6:34 PM

Submitted by Haley Alexander

It can make for a fun and awesome sight to see leaves swirling around in the fall or snow swirling around in the winter.

It’s not a whirlwind or mini tornado, but it does have a name, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Dontae Jones said.

The term that meteorologists use for these swirling masses of air is an eddy.

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Eddies are pockets of turbulent air. They form when air is moving over and around objects and force the air to change direction quickly, Jones said.

Large-scale eddies can form when air is moving over buildings or hills, but they can’t always be seen.

Small-scale eddies, however, can make for some interesting phenomena.