This video of a 'dust devil' that was shot in Brooklyn, NY is getting a lot of attention.

It formed on the baseball field at McCarren Park in Greenpoint around 3:30 Sunday afternoon, according to

A dust devil is a small whirlwind or air vortex over land, visible as a column of dust and debris.

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Dust devils form through a different mechanism than tornadoes, and are much smaller, usually only 10 to 50 feet in diameter, and usually not extending more than 100 feet into the air. They usually are seen during relatively dry conditions, when sunlight is providing strong heating of the surface, and when winds are generally light.

According to eyewitnesses, the funnel cloud lasted about a minute.