We had a Tornado here in NZ yesterday. We had a nasty but common weather
pattern pass over us yesterday and a small West Coast
Town in the South Island got a Tornado out of it. It came in off the Sea and ran right through the town. Not sure what the population is, I would imagine a few thousand. Certainly ain't big. It demolished buildings and houses in it's path. Luckily and surprisingly when you see the damage, no one was killed and only three with minor injuries.
Actually, Tornadoes at Sea (water spouts) are seen off our NZ shores more often than many realise.
Can someone answer this. I was wondering if the spinning effect of a Tornado has any bearing on latitude. I.E, you see bigger Tornadoes in The USA because Tornado ally is closer to the equator, when compared to the smaller ones we see here, cause we are much further from the equator. I realise the storm itself has the biggest bearing, but the spinning effect must be determined by the speed of rotaion of the Earth, would it not???