Top Ten Scariest Tornado Formations

This is a list of the top ten scariest tornado formations. Unlike what some people believe, there are many, over thirty, different formations of a tornado. And, unlike the stereotype, the cone tornado is not the most commonplace. Or the strongest for that matter. Or deadliest. Or....the scariest. Let’s see the scariest formations ranked here, shall we?

The Top Ten

1 Wedge Tornado Wedge Tornado

A wedge tornado is by far the scariest tornado formation out there. It is almost straight down from the wall cloud, which is very low to the ground. One of the most infamous wedge tornadoes, which still stands as the largest tornado on earth, was the El Reno tornado, which killed the veteran storm chaser Tim Samaras, as well as his son and friend. Wedge tornadoes commonly score either an EF4 or an EF5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, and they cause incredible damage. Often containing several funnels in one strong vortex, the multiple funnels are shrouded by dust and debris. Trust me, this is one tornado you will run from. - Camaro6

Looks like a whole storm of clouds! You won't know if it is just fog or the actual tornado. jeez, wouldn't like to be on the road with it! - BloodFang

How wide is it? - Userguy44

It sounds very scary. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

2 Convex-Sided Tornado

One of the lesser-known tornado formations, and also frequently confused with the bowl-shaped tornado, the convex-sided tornado is still incredibly powerful, and can cause great damage and high wind speeds. This tornado is shaped like a bowl turned upside-down, with several smaller tornadoes with high wind speeds occasionally spinning to its side or from its base. On some occurrences it can even look like the wall cloud it comes from. - Camaro6

3 Bowl-Shaped Tornado Bowl-Shaped Tornado

This tornado is typically confused with the convex-sided tornado, because they look very similar. However, the bowl-shaped has clearer visuals of rotating winds, and can create vortices (or be a part of them) which can be rather strong. - Camaro6

4 Hourglass Tornado Hourglass Tornado

An hourglass tornado is wide at the top, thinner in the middle, and wider near the bottom. These tornadoes are not extraordinarily strong, however, their otherworldly appearance can be regather intimidating. - Camaro6

5 Cylinder Tornado Cylinder Tornado

Scary! By the way please put double tornado on here! It has actually happened before.

EEKK< don't cross its path! - BloodFang

The cylinder tornado is- surprise- shaped like a cylinder, with straight sides. Also called the “Pipe Tornado”, the cylinder tornado is typically an EF3 or an EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The main differences between these cylindrical funnels and a wedge tornado are that cylinder tornadoes do not have multiple funnels from a vortex surrounded by dust, cylinder ones are smaller, and they are also higher off the ground. - Camaro6

6 Cone Tornado Cone Tornado

This is the tornado that comes to everyone’s mind when they hear the word “tornado”. They imagine a ice-cream-cone-shaped funnel cloud. Thank the movie Twister for this inaccurate stereotype. A cone tornado does have a definite cone-shaped appearance, however, the edges of cone tornadoes- or any other formations, for that matter- do not have clearly defined edges. - Camaro6

7 Bulb-Shaped Tornado

This tornado is similar to the cigar tornado, however this one is larger, and kicks up more debris, and can grow into a wedge tornado sometimes, although even in that form they rarely are stronger than EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. - Camaro6

8 Sheathed Tornado Sheathed Tornado

The name describes it pretty well. It’s a tornado, typically a cone or an hourglass tornado, with a sheath of cloud surrounding it, making it appear larger than it actually is. While the sheath usually means of extra-strong winds, the cloud itself has no impact on anything around it, besides making the tornado look larger and more intimidating. - Camaro6

9 Cigar Tornado

A smaller version of the bulb-shaped tornado, this one is also weaker, kicks up less debris, and has a rounder base when it is in the process of descending. - Camaro6

10 Concave-Sided Tornado

The concave-sided tornado typically has a ragged sheath of cloud along the upper quarter of its funnel, and is shaped rather like the cone tornado or the straight-sided tornado, and its ragged wall cloud can be rather intimidating. - Camaro6

The Contenders

11 Double Tornado
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