How Many Types Of Tornadoes Are There?

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Super cell Tornadoes Some of the most violent tornadoes develop from super cell thunderstorms. A super cell thunderstorm is a long-lived thunderstorm possessing within its structure a continuously rotating updraft of air.
Dust Devils Dry, hot, clear days on the desert can bring about dust devils. Generally forming in the hot sun during the late morning or early afternoon hours, these harmless eddies are triggered by light desert breezes that create a swirling plume of dust with speeds rarely over 25 mph. They may be known as a dancing dervish, desert devil, or sand devil.

Firewhirls Sometimes the intense heat created by a major forest fire or volcanic eruption can create what is known as a fire whirl, a tornado-like rotating column of smoke and/or fire. Winds associated with firewhirls have been estimated at over 100 mph. Gustnado Weak and usually short-lived, a gustnado forms along the gust front of a thunderstorm, appearing as a temporary dust whirl or debris cloud.
Landspout Generally weaker than a super cell tornado, a landspout is not associated with a wall cloud or mesocyclone. It may be observed beneath cumulonimbus or towering cumulus clouds and is the land equivalent of a waterspout.
Waterspout Resembling a tornado, a waterspout is usually less intense and causes far less damage. Rarely more than fifty yards wide, it forms over warm tropical ocean waters, although its funnel is made of fresh water from condensation` not salt water from the ocean. Waterspouts usually dissipate upon reaching land.
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Faisal Iqbal answered
There are mostly three type of tornadoes and following is the detail of them:
1: Weak Tornadoes: 69% of all tornadoes, Less than 5% of tornado deaths, Lifetime 1-10+ minutes, Winds less than 110 mph

2: Strong Tornadoes: 29% of all tornadoes, Nearly 30% of all tornado deaths, May last 20 minutes or longer, Winds 110-205 mph

3: Violent Tornadoes: Only 2% of all tornadoes, 70% of all tornado deaths, Lifetime can exceed 1 hour, Winds greater than 205 mph

I have listened also the level 5 Tornadoes in some weather websites which is also called "Finger of God"!
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KR- myopinions answered
Not something I think about too often. Our tornadoes are called dust storms, lol. I do remember some from when I was little.  I found this site which apparently has at least 32 pics/types. Who knew (except for the people that do that I suppose).

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Jo W. answered
Well, to the best of my recollection there are 5 classifications of tornadoes -- F1, F2, F3, F4, and F5.  There are also water spouts and dust devils, but according to what I learned way back in the dark ages, before there was dirt (LOL!), there were only the 5.

Thanks for making me think today!!

Jo
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Lynne Dwyer answered
Hit and Miss
Trailer Park Transformers
Crop Circle Imitators
Gone With the Winds
Waste Depositors

Least that's what we call them where I live.
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Ady Mat answered
Types Of Tornadoes: 1. Supercell Tornadoes 2. Landspout 3. Gustnado 4. Waterspout 5. Dust Devils 6. Firewhirls
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Jacquelyn Mathis
Jacquelyn Mathis commented
Great answer, thank you. Tigger loves it. We looked at the fire whirls and the water spouts, so awesome!! Good job.
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Rena Chisholm answered
I have read all these answers and they are all very good except they forgot to name the highest level tornado.
  Lucky thing I came over here to check on this question.
  This high powered twister is called a J-A-C-K-I  Twister.
You will get some warning of it's approach because you can hear it coming from five miles away.
Yes mam, it's a real humdinger.
You ever heard of it?
Linda Fitzgerald Profile
When you get right down to it, all tornadoes are the same whether they occur on land or water. They are rated by wind speed and length of duration. All are funnel shaped, a cone so to speak, however wide at the top, small at the bottom. They are measured by wind wind speed, force 1 to 5. Here we call the winter ones snow devils. Did anyone know that a very large one, from force 3 to 5 can split into up to 5 or 6 smaller side ones. I only know that because I watched a 2 hr. Show on Nat. Geo. Made by tornado chasers and I saw footage of one that gave birth to 5 others. They managed to extend the amount of damage that might have been done by the 1st. One. They rotate at some distance from the parent but when the wind speed drops they are the 1st. To die or they reunite giving the parent a little bit more strength. A hurricane and a tornado work on the same idea, a column of air in a bad mood (joke of the day). When I lived in Toronto we had one touch down 1/4 of a mile away, in under 10 mins. It managed to do 500,000.000 $ worth of damage. The worst thing about them is they can hop, skip and leave one side of a street blown to bits and the other side untouched. With a hurricane you know what it's going to do. I took my young fella down to the wharf during the time the eye was over us, the minute the wind changed we hoofed for home and we were safe. The Force thing is the same for both, 1 to 5. Got to go, can't see a thing. Bet you're sighing in relief by now.
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Linda Fitzgerald
Linda Fitzgerald commented
Took me 2 hrs. To get this done. I remember when I could spell and see the keyboard. Those were the days.
Jacquelyn Mathis
Jacquelyn Mathis commented
WOW, I am so impressed by this answer, never thought of the snow element. Ouch, just thinking about that snow hitting you at 180 miles an hour. Thank you so much, Tigger is going to love this answer, she is at her friends tonight. Getting to be a kid for a change.

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