How to Draw a Tornado

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What is a tornado? Usually spawned from thunderstorms, tornados are twisting vortices of wind that make contact with the ground. Tornadoes cause extremely high winds that can damage trees and buildings. For this reason, tornadoes are dangerous weather phenomena. When tornadoes occur, people are advised to take cover.

Tornadoes are ranked on the Fujita scale, “F0” to “F5.” The longest-lasting tornado occurred in 1925. Whereas most tornadoes last only a few minutes, this storm traveled 219 miles in about three and a half hours. In 1974, the United States and Canada experienced a “super outbreak,” when 148 tornadoes were spawned in 18 hours.

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There are also other, less destructive phenomena similar to tornados. Dust devils are small vortices of wind that may pick up dust and leaves. These are usually no more than a few meters tall and unlikely to cause damage. Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water. These are dangerous only to small boats that may be present.

What should you do during a tornado? Remain calm and seek shelter. Get to the lowest level of the building, in an interior room away from windows. Cover yourself with blankets or pillows to protect yourself from flying debris.

Tornados have also been a feature of popular culture. Disaster films, such as Twister (1996), often feature the destructive power of tornadoes. The Looney Tunes’ Tasmanian Devil is often depicted as causing a tornado as he rampages.

Would you like to draw a devastating tornado? This easy, step-by-step tornado drawing tutorial can show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Tornado

How to Draw Tornado: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a curved line. Curve the line down to form the sides of this first tier of the tornado. Draw short lines parallel to the first.

How to Draw Tornado: Step 2

2. Draw a series of “U” shaped lines beneath the ends of the first tier. The “U” shaped lines should be a little closer together on each new tier, establishing the tornado’s conical shape. Draw curved lines to distinguish the tiered levels of the tornado.

How to Draw Tornado: Step 3

3. Continue to draw “U” shaped lines on each side of the tornado, each layer a bit closer together.

How to Draw Tornado: Step 4

4. Continue to draw “U” shaped lines on each side, continuing to grow closer together as they near the bottom of the cone.

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How to Draw Tornado: Step 5

5. Continue to draw “U” shaped lines on each side of the tornado, their tops almost touching.

How to Draw Tornado: Step 6

6. Complete the cone by drawing two curved lines, allowing them to meet at a sharp point.

How to Draw Tornado: Step 7

7. Draw curved shapes to indicate additional swirling clouds and the motion of the wind. Use curved lines to create each shape, allowing them to meet in sharp points. Erase guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw Tornado: Step 8

8. Continue to draw curved shapes, erasing guide lines as necessary.

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How to Draw Tornado: Step 9

9. Draw small curved shapes near the base of the tornado, erasing guide lines as necessary.

How to Draw Tornado: Step 10

Color your tornado. Many tornadoes are black or grey like storm clouds. Others are brown from picking up dust, or white from slurping up water. These types of tornadoes are called waterspouts.

There is more stormy weather waiting for you with the help of our lightning, rain, and clouds drawing tutorials. You can even add Twister‘s famous flying cow.

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