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# At what speed does a tornado travel?

Updated: 5/21/2024

Wiki User

11y ago

I don't have the paper in front of me, so this is just off the top of my head, but it seems to me that I've read
that the highest wind speed ever officially recorded was 234 miles per hour, at the weather observatory on
Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.

I read it in the hotel's local information booklet the night before I was scheduled to go up and work on
one of the microwave radio sites on Mt. Washington. I was really looking forward to it, but something
came up and I didn't go. Maybe some day.

Wiki User

14y ago

4mo ago

Tornado speeds can vary greatly, but they typically move at around 30-70 mph (48-113 kph). However, some tornadoes have been recorded to move faster than 70 mph, while others may move more slowly.

Wiki User

11y ago

The average tornado moves at 35 mph. However some tornadoes are stationary while others can move at over 70 mph.

Wiki User

13y ago

From as low as 65 mph to as fast as 300 mph, the highest recorded windspeed so far.

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### What speed distance can a tornado travel at?

at a speed of about 350 km/h

### Can tornadoes travel faster then the speed of sound?

No, tornadoes cannot travel faster than the speed of sound. The fastest tornado winds ever recorded were around 300 mph, while the speed of sound is approximately 767 mph. Therefore, tornadoes are not capable of exceeding the speed of sound.

### What speed does a F0 tornado travel at?

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### How fast does a tornado travel on ground in km?

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### How fast do tornadoes travel?

If you mean how fast does a tornado travel, the average forwards speed is about 30 mph, but it can range from 0 mph to over 70.

### How long would it take a tornado to go around the world at top speed?

The fastest forward speed ever recorded for a tornado was 73 mph, though the tornado that set the record did not travel that fast at all times. At that speed it would take about 14 days to circle the earth. The average tornado travels at about 35 mph, at which speed it would take between 29 and 30 days to circle the earth.

### What speed does a tornado travel at in km?

Tornadoes can travel at speeds ranging from 40 km/h to over 100 km/h, with the average speed being around 70 km/h. The speed can vary depending on the size, intensity, and environmental conditions of the tornado.

### How fast can debris travel in a tornado?

Debris in a tornado can reach speeds of over 200 mph (322 km/h), making it extremely dangerous and capable of causing significant damage. The speed of debris within a tornado can vary depending on the tornado's intensity and size.

### How Many miles can a tornado go in 15 minutes?

It depends on how fast the tornado is traveling. The average tornado moves at about 30 mph, so in 15 minutes an average tornado would move 7.5 miles. However, some tornadoes move much faster. The fastest moving tornado on record was found, at times, to travel at 73 mph. At that speed the tornado would travel just over 18 miles in 15 minutes.

### How much time does it take for a tornado to pass in one mile?

It varies as different tornadoes move at different speeds. The average tornado, however, moves at about 30 mph. At this speed a tornado would travel a mile in two minutes. Some slow moving tornadoes may move at 10 mph or less. At 10 mph a tornado would travel a mile in six minutes. Some of the fastest-moving tornadoes have traveled at 70 mph. At this speed a tornado would move a mile in just over 50 seconds.

### Is a tornado more likely to travel threw a valley or over a hill?

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### Can tornado travel forward at speeds ranging from 30-70 mph?

Yes, forwards speeds closer to 30 mph are more common, though at least one tornado has traveled at over 70 mph. The average forward speed for a tornado is 35 mph. Some tornadoes travel slower though, and can even be stationary.