According to the Washington Post, the widest tornado ever recorded was the El Reno tornado that touched down west of Oklahoma City on May 31, 2013. The twister reached a maximum width of 2.6 miles.
According to the Washington Post, the width of the El Reno tornado was equivalent to the entire length of New York City's Central Park from north to south. This tornado was rated as an F-5, the strongest category available, and two graduate students from the University of Oklahoma recorded a wind gust of 296 miles per hour, the second highest wind gust ever recorded on the planet. It missed the record by a mere 5 miles per hour.Learn More
As of 2013, the strongest recorded tornado in terms of wind speed hit Moore, Okla., on May 3, 1999. The largest tornado and second-strongest by wind speed hit El Reno, Okla., on May 31, 2013.Full Answer >
A tornado path, or the width of the tornado on the ground, can range from as small as 10 yards to in excess of a mile. Widths can vary greatly even over the life of a single tornado, as each individual twister often undergoes rapid changes.Full Answer >
According to The Weather Channel, a tornado is "a violently rotating column of air that stretches from a cloud to the Earth's surface." The source also states that tornadoes are "the most destructive of all storm-scale atmospheric phenomena." Often forming from a thunderstorm, tornadoes also result from hurricanes.Full Answer >
Strong winds, hail and flying debris make being inside a tornado dangerous, but those who survive the experience claim it to be surprisingly calm and quiet. Near-constant lightning reportedly gives the interior of tornadoes a glow.Full Answer >