"Far out to the north dustspouts rose wobbling and augered the earth "
Dust devil at Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Creative Commons AttributionDust devil at Black Rock Desert, Nevada - Credit: Steve Jurvetson

Dustspouts (more commonly known as dust devils) are strong whirlwinds that can occur in hot regions around the world, generally ranging in size from half a metre wide and a few metres tall to more than 10 metres wide and more than 1000 metres tall.

Although typically not as dangerous as tornadoes, some dust devils can be extremely large and intense, occasionally reaching diameters of up to 300 feet (90 m) with winds in excess of 60 mph (100 km/h) and lasting for upwards of 20 minutes before dissipating.