(KWES) - West Texas often experiences different types of weather. Sometimes storms across the area can spin up different types of circulations such as tornadoes, landspouts and gustnadoes. There are varying differences in each type of circulation, intensity and how each form.
Landspout: A landspout forms when air starts to spin along the surface due to wind shear. Wind shear occurs by the wind changing direction or speed with height. As a developing thunderstorm moves over the spinning air; the storm will stretch the air upwards and a landspout can form.
Landspouts often appear narrow, tubed, or have a rope-like shape while the storm is forming with a non-rotating cloud base. Most landspouts tend to be weak (around 60 mph) and short-lived, however, a few can be strong enough to produce damage of at a least an EF-2 tornado (110-137 mph) or less.
Gustnado: Gustnadoes are a type of non-tornado. Gustnadoes are caused by the downward motion of air coming out of a thunderstorm. As this downward wind hits the surface ahead of a storm, whirls of dust or debris can form. Some gustnadoes could become strong enough to cause damage.