Fire tornadoes form when combustible gases ignite in windy conditions. According to the Mother Nature Network, most fire tornadoes spawn from wildfires. The center of a fire tornado is a column of flaming gas up to 9 fee... More »

A tornado is essentially a violently rotating column of air moving at speeds up to 300 miles per hour. It is also likely to contain objects it has come in contact with on the ground, though the objects are rarely intact. More »

A tornado works by spiraling energy that moves in one direction, which draws in other particles to move in that spiral as well. Eventually, there is enough energy in the spiral to create a tornado or vortex of wind. More » Science Weather & Tides Storms

When a tornado watch is issued, it means that conditions are conducive for the formation of tornadoes. A tornado watch covers a larger area, typically about 25,000 square miles over several hours, whereas a tornado warni... More » Science Weather & Tides Storms

Most tornadoes are created as a result of thunderstorms that form at the meeting point between humid air from the Gulf of Mexico and dry, cooler air from Canada. At that point, instability occurs in the atmosphere, and a... More »

Strong warm updrafts carrying large amounts of moisture interacting with fast-moving cool, dry winds above cause tornadoes when the two air currents begin to swirl around each other and reorient toward the ground. The mo... More »

All tornadoes are possible of causing damage to structural buildings and human life, explains Some tornadoes, depending on their size, cause catastrophic damage and major loss of lives. A large tornado... More »