How big do tornadoes get, and does size even matter?

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Our latest Weather FAQ is here!

Today we’re answering the question of how big do tornadoes get and also the second question of, does it really matter how big they are?

Of course, we hearken back to the El Reno, OK tornado of May 31, 2013 (the biggest on record) as well as other significant events as we seek to answer the question of how big do tornadoes get.

The answer is simple: Somewhere between 2 and 3 miles wide is the widest damage paths we’ve seen, with the largest thus far being El Reno at 2.6 miles wide in 2013.

The longer answer, which also delves into how much size matters is far more intriguing. Be sure to watch the video to find out more about how big do tornadoes get exactly!