What Does It mean to Dream About Tornadoes?

If you have recently dreamt of tornadoes then you will know how unsettling it is. Even the thought of a tornado can be an unsettling feeling, let alone when you dream that you are physically experiencing one.

You may have woken up and wondered what on earth it could symbolize. Does it mean that you are unsettled in life? Or did you simply have a nightmare? These are both valid questions that you may have upon waking up from a tornado dream.

Often our subconscious thoughts and feelings present themselves in our dreams, especially if it is thoughts that we were thinking about before falling asleep.

We are going to be delving into this in more detail throughout the article, and covering some main reasons behind why you may have been dreaming about tornadoes. As everyone’s personal lives are different, these dreams can be interpreted slightly differently, depending on the individual.

What are Tornadoes?

Tornadoes are caused by extreme weather conditions, and often accompany a storm. They are an extension of a storm in the sky reaching the ground. The tornado is a large column of air that reaches the ground from the sky and can have devastating effects on what is in its path.

The column of air spins and rotates very quickly, at dangerous speeds. They can cause a significant amount of destruction, and are very powerful. The wind that is created can reach up to 300 miles per hour! (see also dreams about snow, clouds and flooding)

What does it mean to dream about tornadoes?

Given the destructive and dangerous nature, dreams about tornados are often nightmares rather than a standard dream. The main reasoning behind dreaming about a tornado can usually be linked to a change in your life. Often these changes tend to be rather large, sudden, and turbulent.

Whether the change itself was turbulent or how you feel about it is turbulent, this could be the subconscious thought process behind the tornado. This could be due to a wide range of different emotions or situations.

For example, if you have just lost your job, or have recently had an unexpected break up, these are big life changes that can take us completely by surprise. The tornado could represent this situation and how it has suddenly appeared, and you feel as though there is a lack of control surrounding it.

Tornadoes are typically very destructive, so this could represent destruction within your own life too. Perhaps you feel very emotional about a certain situation, or you have had a big argument with someone, and it has felt destructive.

Lack of Control

A lot of the reasoning behind dreaming about tornadoes can stem from a lack of control. If you feel as though you are not in control of a situation, and you are experiencing anxiety or upset surrounding this, this will certainly reflect in your dreams in comparison to when you are not worried.

If you have experienced this dream, especially if it is a recurring theme, it is worth taking a step back and assessing situations in your life. Is there anything that you can do to take control over a situation that you feel is causing you much destruction and turmoil?

Dreaming of Being Inside a Tornado

If you dreamt that you were inside the tornado, this represents that you are fighting with yourself, and you are experiencing some inner turmoil. Perhaps you are torn with your emotions, or you are so worried about a situation that it is beginning to affect other aspects of your life?

Whatever is the cause behind this, you should not ignore this dream. Instead, you should try to tackle this situation head on to help alleviate some of the mixed emotions you are feeling. It is time to take back control of your life and current situations.

Escaping from a Tornado

If you are escaping from a tornado in your dream this represents that subconsciously you want to tackle the situation you currently are finding yourself in. Whatever the situation you have been avoiding is, this dream is the sign you need to face your fears and deal with them head on.

It can also represent what you are like as a person. Perhaps you walk away from conflict and arguments instead of standing your ground. While keeping the peace is typically the best in the situation, you should also ensure that you are not hurt or at a loss because of this too.

Surviving a Tornado

While dreaming about tornadoes does have mainly negative connotations, this is not always the case. If you dreamt that you survived a tornado this is actually a positive thing. This shows how strong you are as a person and your ability to overcome difficult and life changing situations.

If you are currently struggling in a situation, this is your sign that you will overcome it, and you are strong enough to do this. Surviving a tornado is a huge thing, just as surviving your life changes will be. Once the situation you are currently in passes, it is likely you will feel a lot more at peace.

It is worth remembering that while tornados are powerful and destructive they do not last forever, and they will eventually disappear, just like you will eventually overcome your current difficult situation.


We hope that you have found this article useful. As you can see, there are many reasons behind why you may have dreamt about a tornado.

While they typically do represent big life changes that often happen suddenly, it is important to remember to try and take control of the situation you are in.

While it is difficult to not worry about life changing situations, always remember that tornados and storms do pass, and so will your situation eventually.

When you have a significant dream such as this one, it is always worth reflecting on your current life situations to ensure that you are happy with how you are managing things.

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