Why are tornadoes so big?

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Compared with other types of storm tornadoes are actually rather small. In meteorological terms something less than 2 kilometers or 1.2 miles wide (which most tornadoes are) is considered micro scale. But in general, it would be difficult to fit such intense winds as are found in a tornado into something less than a few dozen yards wide, especially since they form from a larger circulation called a mesocyclone. As it turns out, very small tornadoes are usually (though not always) short lived and weak.

Very large tornadoes have often have gone through a process called vortex breakdown which occurs when a downdraft travels down the center of the tornado, forcing the vortex as a whole to expand. Such tornadoes often have smaller subvorticies (almost like smaller tornadoes) hidden within the main funnel.

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