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Tornado Dream Meaning, Symbols, and Explanation

Tornado Dream Meaning, Symbols, and Explanation


Aoife O.
Nov 18, 2020

Tornados are a destructive force of nature, causing panic, fear, and, annihilating everything in its path. Most people will thankfully, never experience a tornado in real life, but many people will experience tornadoes in their dreamscape. Dreams about twisters can occur after watching a movie, documentary, or reading a book or article. Although scary, tornado dreams can stir up some stagnant emotions that your subconscious needs you to deal with. Let’s discover what your tornado dreams are trying to tell you.

The Purpose of Dreams 

Your dreams are a place where you can safely act out all your unconscious desires or envision strange scenarios, such as having a teeth falling out dream, during the REM phase of sleep. But, dreaming has been discovered to be a physiological need. A study by Dr. William C. Dement in 1960, deprived the sleep subjects of REM sleep. The participants’ appetite increased, they had a lack of motor coordination, suffered hallucinations, and felt lethargic and despondent.  The result of dream deprivation on the human mind and body can have severe physical effects.    

The Significance of Tornadoes in Dreams 

Tornadoes are strong, devastating, and appear without much warning. Life can be like a tornado at times. Circumstances can work against you, hurting your plans and creating serious upheaval in your life. A one-off tornado dream or recurring tornado dreams could be a sign of impending challenges within personal relationships. If you are dreaming about someone and see a friend or family in the dream, it could be a sign that you must be more communicative with them in real life. Don’t shut yourself away when you’re having a bad time, talk to them. Dreams about twisters alert you to strong emotions within yourself that you are ignoring or oblivious to.

A multiple tornado dream could mean there is more than one challenging situation approaching.

Feelings Associated With Tornado Dreams 

  • Worried
  • Scared
  • Angry
  • Insecure
  • Confused
  • Alone
  • Abandoned
  • Controlled
  • Rage

Different Tornado Dream Meanings 

Dreaming About a Big Tornado/Multiple Tornados

A multiple tornado dream could mean there is more than one challenging situation approaching. You may feel as if life is coming at you from all angles. Or, one big tornado could denote a huge external stressor. If you’re feeling anxiety in your waking life it’s important to ask for help and not deal with things alone.  

Dreaming About a Tornado Warning

To dream of an impending skinny tornado is more common than you think. To dream of a tornado warning could denote you’re worried about something that may not even happen. If you dream that you’re bracing yourself for a tornado in a safe place, a basement, or a sturdy building. When you dream tornado approaching, you’re more prepared for any eventuality than you give yourself credit for. 

Dreaming About Being Stuck in a Car During a Tornado

Being stuck in a traffic jam can be frustrating enough but to dream of being trapped in a car during a tornado is a real nightmare. Dreams about twisters and being trapped in your car could be a sign that you’re dealing with a sudden situation in life, you feel ill-prepared and frightened for your future. If you’re faced with a serious life decision and unsure of your next move, a tornado dream can come along to shake things up. This is your wake up call to make a decision and stick with it, you’ll find much relief when you do.

Dreaming About Being Picked up by a Tornado

To dream of being pulled into the sky by a tornado is one of the most frightening twister dreams you can have. There is no warning, no safe space, you face a deadly situation in your dream that you must handle alone. If you dream of being carried away by a tornado it could mean you’re allowing a situation in life to consume you or your identity. Placing so much significance on one area of your life could make some people feel neglected. Identify the other areas of your life that need some attention, in doing so, taking all your energy away from the area of significance could be lightening the stress load in your waking life.

Dreaming About Surviving a Tornado

A tornado just missing my house dream is an exhilarating experience. Feeling fortunate to have avoided a catastrophe highlights areas of your life to be grateful for. A dream interpretation tornado survival could indicate you’re about to receive some good news, a promotion, moving to a new city, a new college course, new love, or new friends. Surviving a tornado dream shows you have what it takes to make your dreams a reality, against all odds, you can succeed.

Dreaming About Saving Someone From a Tornado

Dreaming of saving someone from a tornado makes you a hero. Putting your life on the line to save someone you love can remind you of what they mean to you. Dreams about tornadoes and family go hand-in-hand because sometimes our family life can resemble real twisters. Full of drama, uncertainty, and damage. Consider what is at the root of anxiety in your waking life and approach family with care and kindness.

Dreaming About a Dark or Black Tornado

A black tornado dream typically shows up when fearing the future. If uncertain times are making you feel depressed, it may be time to seek help and talk to those you love about how you’re feeling. If the tornado is colorful, blue, or black, a loved one may approach you first. Dreaming of a thunderstorm and heavy rain along with a tornado indicates a potential encounter with a bully at work or a difficult client. 

Recurring tornado dreams may indicate major changes in your life.

Recurring Tornado Dreams

Recurring tornado dreams indicate some major changes in your life. You could be enduring a huge strain in your personal relationships, at work, or even moving to another state or country. Emotional stress can initiate recurring tornado dreams, you could be embarking on fresh and positive changes in your life, a new diet, quitting smoking or drinking, starting an internal journey with a therapist. Experiencing a little anxiety around such changes is normal, hold firm and you will get through it. 

Are Dreams Influenced by Fears or Stress? 

Stress plays a huge role in dreams because your dream space is a safe place to play out all the worse case scenarios. Being stressed in life can interfere with the quality of your sleep, creating more dreams and nightmares. Recurring tornado dreams every night is physically exhausting. Tackle your daily stresses with meditation, yoga, walking in the fresh air, exercising, eating well, and drinking fresh water every day.   

Emotional upheaval is the spiritual meaning of tornadoes in dreams.


Emotional upheaval is the spiritual meaning of tornadoes in dreams. Tornados in the bible represent a punishment by God but dreaming of tornados is typically a sign of internal stress or a strained personal relationship.

The significance of tornadoes in dreams is nothing to fear, although, the dream can have you waking up in a sweat. It’s a sign that you must regain your personal power and take charge of your life. Take note of how you feel in the dream, do you feel fearful or powerful? Consider the force of a tornado and bring that power into your own life to strengthen your relationships and change your life for the better.


What Do Dreams About Tornadoes Mean?

Tornado dreams are a sign you must slow down and regain clarity and calmness in your life. Recurring tornado dreams indicate there is a personal relationship or work situation making you feel overwhelmed. Changes are occurring in your life but with a little help from loved ones, you can handle it.  

What Does Running or Falling in a Dream Mean? 

Running in a dream indicates your desire to escape a situation that is causing distress. Running takes energy and you need energy to achieve your personal goals and overcome obstacles. If running away from something scary in the dream, it’s a sign that you need to learn to manage stress better with exercise, fresh air, and drinking water.  Similarly, the spiritual meaning of falling in dreams indicates that you are holding onto a situation in life that is not serving your best interests.

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