What Are Different Types of Tornadoes?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 30, 2020 6:57:57 AM ET
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There are six different types of tornadoes. The most commonly recognized type is the supercell tornado, the type that causes massive destruction. A gustnado is the opposite; it is very weak. It causes leaves and other debris to swirl around on the ground during a storm.

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A dust devil is similar to a gustnado, simply spreading sand and dust in desert regions. A waterspout is a tornado formed over a body of water. A landspout is similar to a waterspout, but it is much weaker than a supercell. Firewhirls are formed from the smoke of forest fires or volcanoes, and they can have wind speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.