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Difference Between Twister and Tornado

Twister vs Tornado

Tornadoes are known to be one of the most destructive of storms, if not the most destructive. These spinning winds of destruction can go well over 200 mph and, at times, can be more than 1 mile wide. As we all know, we sometimes hear the term “twister” as well. It may seem that the twister and the tornado cause the same amount of destruction depending on their strengths. During these times, it may come to our minds, what is the difference between a tornado and a twister?

Tornadoes and twisters are capable of doing the same amount of damage, cause the same amount of havoc, and if seen, they pretty much look alike. That is because tornadoes and twisters are the same. The term “twister” is just slang for “tornado” because of how it acts. It is technically a rapidly twisting vortex that most of the time gains strength as it moves along land.

“Tornado” is generally the term used by meteorologists, though. So with this, there is no need to ask ourselves anymore what the difference between a tornado and twister is since they are all in all the same. The other question that may come up is, how are they formed?

First and foremost, a tornado is a spinning pillar of air formed because cold air from the sky meets with the warm air on land. This causes instability in pressure and makes the warmer air rise. After this happens, a tornado is then born within a giant, rotating thunderstorm. If you would notice, before a tornado hits land, rain and hail begin to fall.
Once the tornado hits land, the spinning mass of air begins to speed up, and it speeds up as it sucks up any debris that comes or is in its path. Most of the tornadoes that we see are very visible, and this is because of the dirt and debris that it picks up. Tornadoes are generally colorless. Some tornadoes occur in water, and since it is picking up just water, it is barely visible, especially at night.

Now, how is it that we predict if a tornado or twister would form? The answer is, we cannot predict it. Even some experienced meteorologists and storm chasers are having a hard time in predicting if a tornado would make landfall. The only thing that these courageous men and women can predict is the path that it will take. Once a tornado hits, it is unstoppable already, and the worst thing that can happen to a tornado is to grow more and more as it tears up the landscape. The more debris it takes in, the faster it spins and the wider it gets.

However, seeing the middle of a huge twister is somewhat fascinating since a huge tornado is powered by a smaller tornado in the middle of the entire spinning wind mass. There are still a lot of mysteries that are spinning along with these twisters and how they form. Another mystery it holds is how it stops. Up until now, scientists are unable to explain how a tornado dies out. However, as long as it stops, we are all right with it, and we know that destruction has stopped as well.

Tornadoes are really a mysterious part of nature. Even though some already know how it is formed, it still holds a lot of mysteries. But then, as long as tornadoes continue to wreak havoc, it is best to know just what to do in case a twister comes our way.


1.There is no difference between a tornado and a twister.
2.The term “twister” is just slang for a tornado.
3.Tornadoes form because of warm air meeting with cold air causing unstable pressures.
4.Tornadoes grow as they pick up more debris.
5.Tornadoes are generally invisible. What makes it visible is the debris and dirt it picks up.
6.Even if scientists know how a tornado is born and how it grows, how it dies is still a mystery.
7.It is nearly impossible to predict when and where a tornado will hit.

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  1. That is not true. I disagree with this sentence in your summary. “Even if scientists know how a tornado is born and how it grows, how it dies is still a mystery.” Check wikipedia, it has the whole lifecycle of a tornado.

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