One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A scale of tornado severity with numbers from 0 to 6, based on the degree of observed damage.
- ‘Tornadoes are measured by the Fujita scale, and this is shown as an F1 to F5 tornado.’
- ‘Reports had it pegged as an F4 tornado on the Fujita scale, topping out with wind speeds in excess of two hundred forty miles per hour.’
- ‘Rated at F2 on the Fujita scale, the storm would have inflicted great damage had it passed through a major town.’
- ‘As with the Saffir-Simpson and the Fujita scales, the new snowstorm rating system will have five levels.’
- ‘The Fujita scale measures damage with ratings, with the strongest being F - 5.’
1970s: devised by the meteorologist Dr. Tetsuya Theodore Fujita (1920–1988), in collaboration with Allen Pearson (born 1925), Director of the National Severe Storms Forecast Center 1965–79.
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