Whirlwind, a general term for any whirling body of air. The term is most often applied to whirling air created by the swift rising of warm air from near the surface of the earth. Whirlwinds include the "dust devils" that may be seen moving across a field or along a dirt road on a hot day, and the waterspouts of tropical seas.
Folks in Montana usually expect snow or rain to fall from the sky, not ash. But the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington flung ash across state lines. What is this gritty, gray stuff?
The big bang theory is well-known, but there are many misconceptions about it. Like what? Let's start with this one: There was no bang.