Torndado: Straight-Line Winds
Tornadoes are known for their powerful, destructive winds. But during tornadoes isn’t the only
To be considered “damaging winds,” the air must be blowing in excess of 50-60 mph.
The fact is that severe thunderstorm winds account for nearly HALF of all severe damage reported in most of America! That makes straight-line wind damage more common than damage from tornadoes.
Nearly all thunderstorms produce some straight-line winds. These winds are a result of “outflow” generated by the thunderstorm’s downdraft (the downward current of air that comes from the storm).
Damage caused by winds from Tornados will fall in a circular pattern. And, as the name implies, damage from