What are the different tornado ratings?

Tornado Classification

Weak EF0, EF1 Wind speeds of 65 to 110 mph
Strong EF2, EF3 Wind speeds of 111 to 165 mph
Violent EF4, EF5 Wind speeds of 166 to 200 mph or more

What is the EF scale for rating tornadoes?

The Enhanced Fujita Scale or EF Scale, which became operational on February 1, 2007, is used to assign a tornado a ‘rating’ based on estimated wind speeds and related damage….EF SCALE.

EF Rating 3 Second Gust (mph)
0 65-85
1 86-110
2 111-135
3 136-165

Has there ever been a category 5 tornado?

In the United States, between 1950 and January 31, 2007, a total of 50 tornadoes were officially rated F5, and since February 1, 2007, a total of nine tornadoes have been officially rated EF5. Since 1950, Canada has had one tornado officially rated an F5.

What is a F2 tornado?

(F2) Significant tornado (113-157 mph) Considerable damage. Roofs torn off frame houses; mobile homes demolished; boxcars pushed over; large trees snapped or uprooted; light-object missiles. generated.

What is the most common type of tornado in the US?

Tornadoes that come from a supercell thunderstorm are the most common, and often the most dangerous. A rotating updraft is a key to the development of a supercell, and eventually a tornado.

What is the F scale of tornado classification?

Tornado Classification The F-Scale: Wind Speed and Damage. Dr. Fujita was the first person to realize that there are multiple vortex tornadoes, downbursts and microbursts. In 1971, Dr. Fujita developed the scale used for measuring wind speed, linking damage to estimated wind speed. This scale is called the Fujita-scale or the F-scale.

How is a tornado rated on the NWS?

Assigning a Tornado Rating Using the EF Scale The NWS is the only federal agency with authority to provide ‘official’ tornado EF Scale ratings. The goal is assign an EF Scale category based on the highest wind speed that occurred within the damage path.

What are the different types of non-supercell tornadoes?

Another type of non-supercell tornado is a landspout. A landspout is a tornado with a narrow, rope-like condensation funnel that forms while the thunderstorm cloud is still growing and there is no rotating updraft – the spinning motion originates near the ground. Waterspouts are similar to landspouts, except they occur over water.