Horizontal Tornado Movement and Total Energy
Does horizontal movement of a tornado along the
ground detract from the rotational forces present within the
vortex i.e. cause the axial rotation of the system to
The dynamics of tornados are not well understood (and that is an
understatement), so a yes/no answer is not possible. Hurricanes are
much better understood and in the case of hurricanes, fast
horizontal motion usually means a reduction in rotational motion.
Hurricanes behave differently, sometimes very differently. For
example, in rare cases horizontal tornados have been observed.
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Update: June 2012