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Tornado Rating: Enhanced Fujita Scale

This tornado rating chart is a great way graphic to look at when we discuss wind speeds and the damage that is caused by different tornado ratings. More


Episode 23: How do we determine the strength of a tornado? The damage left behind is surveyed and rated using the Enhanced Fujita Scale. What if a tornado forms and there is no or limited damage? Could Mobile Doppler Radar be used to help determine a tornado’s wind speed? On Episode 23 of Tornado Talk, we gain insight from four experts on balancing mobile radar with damage surveys. All are meteorologists and have performed storm surveys.

The Enhanced Fujita scale (EF-Scale) rates the strength of tornadoes in the United States and Canada based on the damage they cause.

EF SCALE – The enhanced Fujita Scale has been used by the National Weather Service since February 2007 to measure the damage caused by a tornado. Find out how the scale was created and what it measures.