Are tornadoes in Canada weaker than those that occur in the US?
Yes, generally, they are, though that does not mean that Canada does not get violent tornadoes.
While tornadoes can occur almost anywhere, countries where tornadoes have a relatively high frequency include the United States, Canada, Australia, India, Bangladesh, Argentina, South Africa, and the UK. Note that the tornadoes in the UK are generally weaker than those in the other places mentioned.
Tornadoes can occur just about anywhere that thunderstorms occur and have touched down at all times of day and year. However, the majority of tornadoes happen in the United States, particularly on the Central plains. The greatest portion of those happen in spring and early summer, most often in the late afternoon an early evening.
Tornadoes do occur in California, but they are rare and those that do occur usually weak, rarely exceeding F1 intensity. One major reason tornadoes are not a major threat is that there are cold ocean currents off the California coast, which stabilize the atmosphere, making it hard for the strong thunderstorms that produce tornadoes to form.
Some are but most are not. It is not uncommon for a hurricane to spawn tornadoes. These tornadoes tend to be weaker than those spawned by other storm systems, rarely exceeding F2 intensity. Major outbreaks that produce highly destructive tornadoes usually develop along a cold front or dry line associated with a mid-latitude low pressure system.
Tornadoes are sometimes divided into "weak" tornadoes "strong" and "violent" tornadoes. Weak tornadoes are those rated EF0 and EF1. Most tornadoes are weak. Strong tornadoes are those rated EF2 and EF3. Violent tornadoes are those rated EF4 and EF5. They are the rarest of tornadoes, only about 1% of tornadoes are this strong.
Not on their own. It is not uncommon to find severe thunderstorms along a cold front. But other ingredients such as wind shear are needed for those storms to produce tornadoes. Additionally, not all tornadoes are associated with cold fronts. Tornadoes may also occur in association with a dry line, a warm front, or a hurricane.
The climate conditions are not quite right for high frequencies of tornadoes. To form tornadoes usually need a collision of warm moist air with cooler or dried air to create thunderstorms and wind shear to make those thunderstorms into the supercells that produce most tornadoes. This setup does not occur very often in Europe.
Tornadoes occur just about everywhere, but the South is especially prone to tornadoes due to its position near the Gulf of Mexico. This vast, warm body of water provides plentiful warm, moist air that is the fuel of thunderstorms. At the same time, its position in the mid-latitudes ensure that fronts carry cooler air from further north will come through to trigger those storms. Thunderstorms that form along fronts are usually stronger than those that…
For the U.S. the year with the most recorded tornadoes was 2004, with 1,817 recorded tornadoes. However, this should be taken with a grain of salt for two reasons. First, most tornado statistics for other countries are not available, and many countries don't even keep records. Second, prior the the 1980's the majority of weak tornadoes in the U.S. were missed, and so counts for older years are much lower than the actual number of…
Cold fronts often do result in storms that produce tornadoes, but are not a direct cause of tornadoes. Not all tornadoes are associated with cold fronts, nor do all cold fronts result in the formation of tornadoes. Other conditions, such as wind shear and instability, need to be present for tornadoes to occur. Squall lines can produce tornadoes, but those tornadoes are usually short-lived and weak. Tornadoes are more often associated with discrete supercell thunderstorms.
A tornado is a violently rotating vortex of air extending from the cloud base of a thunderstorm to the ground. It is fairly common for tornadoes to form during hurricanes, but most tornadoes are associated with other types of storm system. The tornadoes spawned from hurricanes are actually less likely to reach a high intensity than those produced by mid-latitude systems.
The term "mini tornado" does not have an exact definition. It has been applied to a number of different phenomena. Some people have called small whirlwinds such as dust devils mini tornadoes. Such whirlwinds are not actual tornadoes but may superficially resemble them. News outlets in Australia and Europe may sometimes refer to the tornadoes they get as "mini tornadoes," even in instances of large, significant tornadoes. They equivocate like this because they are reluctant…
El Paso can get tornadoes, but they are rare there. The last one on record there was in 1988. The reason they are rare is that the thunderstorms that spawn tornadoes need large quantities of moisture, which doesn't come along very often in El Paso's dry climate. Those few tornadoes that do occur near El Paso are weak, making it unlikely that they will be reported extensively.
Hurricanes and tornadoes are two storms that are often confused, though they are very different from a scientific pserpective. They are the two most violent types of storm on Earth. Some hurricanes spawn tornadoes when they hit land, though these tornadoes are generally weaker than those spanwed by other systems. Hurricanes often cause major flooding when they strike. In fact, 90% of all hurricane deaths are drownings.
Relatively little is known on how Neptune's atmosphere might operate on the scale that tornadoes do. However, the dynamics of Neptune's atmosphere are rather different from those on Earth, with large storms developing from anticyclones rather than cyclones and the lack of a solid surface. Tornadoes as we know them likely do not occur there, but we cannot rule out somewhat similar intense vortices.
It is possible but unlikely. Tornadoes need thunderstorms to develop and high pressure systems suppress thunderstorm formation. Those thunderstorms that do develop in a high pressure system will generally not be strong enough or organized enough to produce tornadoes. The thunderstorms that produce tornadoes more often occur along fronts which are associated with low pressure systems.
Tornadoes usually form in what meteorologists call tornado alley which are states like Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, etc. Tornadoes can form mostly any time of day and the most dangerous are at night because it's so dark and you could possibly not see them. Usually tornadoes form with the warm air from the gulf coast and the cold air from Canada and when you get those two clashing together, that usually makes thunderstorms and sometimes tornadoes…
Tornadoes have many weapons in their arsenal.The wind is a tornadoes primary weapon, but tornadoes can also do damage with debris carried by those winds. Depending on the strength of a tornado, it can cause very little damage to widespread destruction. Damage from tornadoes can include broken glass, and loss of roof material, and snapped tree limbs in minor to moderate cases. Significant tornadoes can result in roofs and walls being torn from buildings, with…