What is the difference between a tornado and a typhoon?
The difference lies in their size, wind velocity, rate of travel, and duration. A tornado reaches rotating speeds up to 300 miles per hour, travels between 25 and 40 miles per hour, and generally lasts for a few minutes (although it can exist for hours). A typhoon (the term used in the Pacific for a hurricane) has winds that vary from 75 to 200 miles per hour, moves between 10 and 20 miles per hour, has a diameter up to 600 miles, and exists from days up to a week. A tornado generally forms several thousand feet above Earth’s surface, usually during warm, humid weather. A typhoon breeds in low-altitude belts over the ocean, generally from 5 to 15 degrees latitude north or south.