Asked • 08/08/19

What is the motivation of using the Enhanced Fujita Scale in place of the Fujita Scale?

In 2007, the US started using an Enhanced Fujita Scale in place of the Fujita Scale. From a "civilian's" perspective, the Fujita Scale seemed to measure wind whereas the Enhanced Fujita Scale measures damage. This would suggest that tornadoes based on the EF scale is retroactively labeled rather than labeled while the tornado is taking place. Also, going from saying "F5" to "EF5" is a change. **What is the motivation of using the Enhanced Fujita Scale in place of the Fujita Scale?** What are the main differences of the two scales that allowed the Enhanced Fujita Scale to be used today in the US?

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