Hailstorm vs Tornado - What's the difference?

hailstorm | tornado |

As nouns the difference between hailstorm and tornado

is that hailstorm is while tornado is tornado.



Alternative forms

* hail storm


(en noun)
  • tornado


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


    * twister * cyclone

    Derived terms

    * tornado watch, tornado warning (A tornado watch' means that conditions are favorable for producing a tornado. A tornado ' warning means that a tornado has been sighted in the area or has been detected on radar.) * tornado shelter

    See also

    * cyclone * dust devil * hurricane * tsunami * typhoon * waterspout * willy willy


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