Tornado vs. Whirlwind

Tornado vs. Whirlwind — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Tornado and Whirlwind

Tornadonoun

(meteorology) A violent windstorm characterized by a mobile, twisting, funnel-shaped cloud.

A tornado is a rotating column of air, pendant from a cumulonimbus cloud, and nearly always observable as a funnel cloud or tuba. Its vortex, meters in diameter, rotates counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere, and clockwise in the southern hemisphere, with wind speeds of 160 to more than 480 kilometres per hour.

Whirlwindnoun

A violent windstorm of limited extent, as the tornado, characterized by an inward spiral motion of the air with an upward current in the center; a vortex of air. It usually has a rapid progressive motion.

Tornadonoun

a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground

Whirlwindnoun

(figuratively) A person or body of objects or events sweeping violently onward.

The weeks leading up to the convention were a whirlwind of preparation and hurried activity.Once he got that new scooter he turned into a whirlwind and damaged all the flowers.

Tornadonoun

a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted

Whirlwindadjective

Rapid and minimal: a whirlwind tour, a whirlwind romance.

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Whirlwindnoun

a more or less vertical column of air whirling around itself as it moves over the surface of the Earth