Tornado dreams

As you know, the weather has been crazy lately. With all the flooding and tornadic activity these days, you can’t help but worry. And all that worry can lend itself to turbulent dreams! The following is an excerpt from the Weather Dreams chapter of my latest book Dream On It, Unlock Your Dreams, Change Your Life

Weather changes from one day to the next, even from one moment to the next, and so do our emotions. To the dreaming mind, our emotions are the weather conditions that form and flow within our psyche. Just as a meteorologist tracks the weather in order to keep us informed and prepared to handle the days ahead, so should we track and understand our psychological weather to keep us informed and prepared to handle our lives. If you pay attention, your own dreaming mind will give you the most accurate and reliable emotional forecast available.


When putting this chapter together, I searched all my client files, went through all my published newspaper columns, scanned my members’ forum for various weather dreams and discovered that almost all of the weather dreams I had accumulated were of tornadoes! So I put out a query to my newsletter members soliciting for weather dreams in hopes of getting more variations, and of all the dreams sent in… almost all were still of tornadoes. Sigh. Needless to say, the tornado is an image imbedded deeply and firmly within our collective psyche.

The nature of the approaching tornado is what I believe makes it such a popular dream symbol. If you’ve ever actually experienced a tornado, or even just watched one on TV, it is the waiting and wondering over the uncertainty of its path that impacts you the most, “Which way is it going to go? Is it going to hit my house? How bad will it be? How long until it gets here?” The element of bracing for possible disaster is what plays the biggest role in the meaning behind the tornado dream.

I have had recurring dreams of tornadoes for as long as I can remember. Last night I had a dream that I was in a trailer by myself. There was a horrible storm and then a tornado appeared out of nowhere! The windows started breaking because of the hail. Then the trailer was actually picked up by the tornado and landed safely in another state! – Nancy 36

Lauri: Lifelong recurring tornado dreams are a good indication you are a proud, card-carrying member of the worry-wart club. You’ll find that your tornado dreams are likely to coincide with your bouts of worry or panic. You’ll also find that your bouts of worry are often over something that you cannot control, just as no one can control a tornado, it is an act of God. In this latest dream you are in a trailer, which is the weakest structure you could be in during a tornado. This means you are not feeling very strong at the moment. Then your trailer winds up in another state! Your dream is telling you that you need to move on from this worrisome “state” of mind. Sometimes you’ve gotta let go and let things play themselves out naturally. When you can move into this more relaxed state of mind, your tornado dreams will have no reason to come back.

Nancy replies: Yes I am a worrywart. I worry about everything!! I will have to start keeping track of when I have the dreams and what I am worried about at the time. I always had a feeling that’s what it meant.

As frightening as tornado dreams can be, they are actually good for you because they are alerting you to the fact that you are letting your worry and anxiety get the best of you… and it is often worry and anxiety over something that may not even cross your path. Your dream is showing you your own worry in the form of a tornado so that you can understand the destructive force it has on your psyche.

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41 thoughts on “Tornado dreams

  1. Rebecca says:

    I am going to have to say that I do dream of tornadoes often. However, mine tend to deal with change. Meaning that there is a big change coming that I have no control over. For instance, one night I dreamt that a friend of mine and myself were standing on an upper floor of an office building looking out a floor-length window. Suddenly 3 or 4 tornadoes appeared in the parking lot. We were watching helplessly, as people were running and trying to get away from it. The tornadoes just hovered in the same spot in my dream. It was several months later that my company re-located to a 6 story office building with floor-length windows. We were placed on the third floor over-looking a parking lot. This has happened several times; different circumstances. But it always seems to signify some sort of change coming my way. I thought I would add this as I find it very helpful. I would assume that perhaps tornadoes have different meanings depending on the circumstance that you find yourself in the particular dream. I will say, that with my tornadoe dreams, I am very rarely, if ever, frightended. Hope this helps.

    1. Kayleigh says:

      Well maamcadia nuts, how about that.

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  2. Susan says:

    I’ve had dreams of tornados all my life too. They use to scare me to death. That changed several years ago where I know it’s a tornado dream when the dream starts and I go looking for it. Once I find it I just watch in awe. I love those dreams now…though, of course, they don’t happen as often any more.

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  5. Jalissa says:

    Every time I have a dream…..I look it up on the net. And as long as I can remember, I’ve been having tornadoes dreams. Maybe a couple of years…Maybe,a,few. In my dreams, my mom and there younger siblings are in it and they all four look for me to protect them while the tornado is coming. My first reaction to the tornado is when will it hit, if we hide in the basement, will we die??? But I always wake up before it hits. Now today, less than 2hours ago…. I had a tornado dream and this time it was me and my boyfriend and he wanted to hide in the closet since there wasnt a basement but I wanted to leave n a near by boat since we stayed near water. I felt we had enough time to get away. We hide n the closet and Shut the

  6. Jalissa says:

    door and the closet started shaking and all of a sudden, the closet turned into a boat and we were headed away from the tornado and we were dropped of at a huge house escorted by a unknown male then I woke up. I do worry about a lot of things I can’t control but im clueless of what this could mean. I need help.

  7. MH says:

    My husband and I have been having tornado dreams in the past couple of years. Several bats came into our houses as well. In my culture/religion, it is a belief that a tornado dream means a dead parent’s spirit is seeking help or is hungry. We have done everything we possibly can, but the dreams continue. It’s some relief to hear that our dreams may just indicate we both are uncertain about our future as we have been.

  8. candice says:

    I’ve had a dream of a tornado. It was my husband, my mother in law, and me going down the road and the tornado was after us, we were trying to out run it. And then I woke up. In a panic.

  9. candice says:

    It was very scary .

  10. Alana says:

    Last night I had a dream that my deceased boyfriend’s mother and I were in a car, trying to outrun 5 or 6 tornadoes, but we couldnt, so we got out of the car and hung onto huge boulder rocks and prayed. Her deceased mother was also there with us, at the rocks. Just as we thought the tornados had subsided and found a safe haven, they started up again, it felt so real that I could feel the wind on my face, and I woke up mumbling pprayers. I have started a new relationship with someone else & he is wonderful to me, we are also expecting a baby.

  11. Michelle says:

    I had a dream where I was amongst family members a there was a tornado. I can imagine that I looked up and saw it forming but i wasn’t one, it was one after another. Very strange….

  12. Keila Cavazos Tzoyohua says:

    I don't worry much….yet I have always dreamed about tornados for as long as Ivan remember….there's always more than one! Latest one was 5 white cloud tornados just spinning in a circle…..but most are always dark or black big tornados….sometimes I see them…sometimes I don't. Never hear the sound of the wind….it's always like if someone hit the mute button…..idk it's just weird for me!!

  13. Tia Adams says:

    I have been dreaming of tornados constantly since I was a little girl, now 31 they come weekly and sometimes every night. My fear of tornados is paralyzing because I see them destroy everything on a daily basis in my dreams. I wish I could get rid of them once and for all as my sleep is not restfull at all.

  14. Kimberley Anne Davis says:

    I dream about tornadoes, disasters, getting murdered violently, all the time!

  15. Michelle Maxcy says:

    i always have to since i was little! i think thats how im gonna go

  16. Chevy Mckenzie says:

    I had a dream about multiple tornadoes then later the people in the building with me left purposely without me and had plane tickets to Bali. I think it was related to friends I went out with that night.

  17. Bella Blue says:

    Tricia see! Lol-I had.the damn tornado dream last night, I looked it up because it's been a while

  18. Bella Blue says:

    Patricia Leader

  19. Patricia Leader says:

    No worries Bella Blue! Whatever storm comes your way, I have your back. Love you!!

  20. Bella Blue says:

    🙂 love you too!

  21. Farrah Ann Hennessey says:

    I have dreamed about tornadoes fairly often for as long as I can remember. At first they were of me seeing tornadoes in the distance. I would find shelter and they would either go away or move in a different direction. Lately they have become more violent and very scary. I always seek refuge in a cellar, but they come straight towards me. They pick me up and I am swirling on the inside, but somehow know I'm going to be okay. Last night I had one where there were multiple tornadoes. I was yelling at everyone around me to seek shelter, but no one but me seemed concerned. I was in the back bedroom of a trailer and I was deafened by the sound of the coming tornado. All of a sudden I'm lifted. I look around me and I see walls, ceiling floor flying all around me. I am scared to death in my dream. All of a sudden I realize I'm dreaming and I'm trying to wake myself up but to no avail. I get flung out of the tornado, but I wake up before I hit the ground. My heart was pounding and I was scared to go back to sleep for fear I would re-enter this horrible nightmare. In my dreams, the tornadoes are always circling around me. With each full circle, they move closer and closer to me and get larger in size. Sometimes they've even had faces and speak to me in a scary voice. Other times it's like I'm in a movie and this crazy music plays while the tornado moves towards me. I'm scared to death of what could happen in these tornado dreams if they keep getting worse. Someone help me!!!!

  22. Brandon George says:

    I kepp having dreams about multiple tornadoes inside a house so thier like 10fttall and nothing bad ever really happens, and I'm always stuck running through the middle of them

  23. LaShay Manley says:

    I dreamed last night that I was at the park with I'm assuming my own new born baby. The sun was bright as ever, beautiful day. And a tornado came. I put the baby in my shirt, wrapped my legs around some bars and hung on for life to the baby… then I woke up. What could that mean???

  24. One time I had a dream where I was at my school, Outside at a small center that students use to study, the sky was almost pitch black, but It was dark gray. I look out the window by myself and a tall, thin, black tornado is heading for where I am, Theres nothing being sucked into it, no clouds surrounding it, It just looked like a tornado made of black lines, but it was really close, I yell to everyone to come look at it, but it never hits us in the dream. The moon was huge and Yellow in the dream which made it even creepier. If you experienced it, you would most likely be freaking out.

  25. I always have recurring dreams of multiple tornadoes. one dream I was walking out in the country side and then a tornado miles away formed then one formed right next to me. another one a waterspout formed right infront of me. another one I was driving all over the place and tornadoes were forming EVERYWHERE one after another. another one I was walking and a tornado started to touchdown right above me! there is plenty more to tell.

    1. Quiana says:

      I’m not easily impsersed. . . but that’s impressing me! 🙂

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  26. Lauri please message me when you have something or need to know about my lifestyle I know that's probably has something to do with my dream probably should have messaged you instead of the comment but my memory isn't great by this time tomorrow I will have forget about my dream only to have it reoccur later on.

  27. Manda Panda says:

    I had a dream last night that multiple tornadoes came at me.. toward the end of the dream them seem to all come together and head straight for me.. In my dream the only place I could find to hide was a tiny room underneath a small building… I knew I was going to die but when the tornado went over the small building I felt peace and then I woke up. Eh

  28. A while ago I had a tornado dream, it was way diffrent from the others I have had. The dream before this recent one, I had almost died from the tornadoe because the only place I had to hide in was a tourist attraction on a poorly made gravel road. This recent dream was set up diffrent, it was not in my original town of which i am living in. Yet, it was plain, with a few streetbuildings here and there and mountains in the close and distant background. I was in a red streetbuilding, on the 3rd floor. We had recently tooken up our mother cats 5 kittens at our house in the physical world, so they had apeared in my dream aswell. I was putting them all to sleep when all of a sudden there was people screaming outside. I look outside and what had been sunny wwas now very dark clouds with pouring down rain. Everyone had started to pack their things and move to th next town over for a while or go on a road trip away from the mayhem. That would have been a good idea, but you see. My parents were not there with me in the dream neither brother nor sister. The only people i had recognized in the dream was some of my teammates on the soccer team. I realized that they had also no where to go and was stuck there with me too. We got down on ground level, and all of a sudden the only building that you could see was the tall red streetbuilding that I was currently living in. We all ran out into open area to discover debris being thrown here and there, and about 10 tornadoes swarming the area. Many where in the background of the plain, and about 4 tornadoes in our area, all of them taking hits at us. When all of a sudden my friend aishya said ",look out!", everyone else back away except for me. A tornado was coming straight towards me and i just stood still. I had gotten sucked in and then. Silence, everything was black, I could not hear because there was a loud sound of static, static that where coming from my ears from all of the loud noise. Right then, I had felt how it was like to die. When suddenly picture started coming back to my eyes and sound back to my ears. I was coming out of the tornado, but somehow I was okay. All of my friends where asking me if I was ok. And I replied with a "yes, i'm fine." But the tornadoes where still going on. We had all booked it to the nearest trainstation that was close by, and it was going to the next town over. When we had gotten there it was snowing, because that all it ever did in 'The Next Town Over'. Even so, we had still seen the approaching storm, and hopped back on the train, some stayed and the others came with me. We had gotten far out east, over to a house. We knocked on their door and they gladly let us in, we told them what had happened and we went to the basement. When we got inside the basement there were my kittens and the moma cat as if they were saying " Took you long enough." I asked the old couple how my cats had got there, and they said " They just came over to our door step, it was raining so we took them in." I was glad that they were ok. We sat out the rest of the night inside their basement telling of old stories and of who we were. The storm had passed over, and we were safe. I had then woken up. I have many other tornado dreams to be told but this was by far the most bizzare tornado dream I have ever had. I hope you liked it.

  29. I dreamt of multiple firenados, regular tornados and waterspouts all in one huge violent thunderstorm. (I didn't know what a firenado was until i researched it after the dream)
    I was not in the storm, rather, I was a spectator from a very tall mountain, and the skies were dark for miles. You could hear people screaming below. It was a wierd dream to say the least.

  30. Denise Drew says:

    I had a similar dream…

  31. Delinda Edwards says:

    I had a dream that I saw a tornado coming & I went back inside the store where my boyfriend was at but my boyfriend in my dream was never really my boyfriend he was a,friend that died in a car wreck years ago ..not sure why I dreamed of him ..

  32. Passion says:

    I just had a dream about multiple tornadoes. I wondered by the laundry room window and 5 kilometers away I saw 3 tornadoes at first the middle one being the biggest. I ran to my mum and family saying there’s tornadoes coming please we have to go. My mum was like fine yeah. I ran down the hallway passage and saw that they were closer and I counted 7 out loud. I ran to a corner and held on to the doorways and closed my eyes and prayed to God that we’d live. But the tornadoes didn’t hit. I ran outside to the front and I watched them dissapear, fade and pass through the buildings across the road from my house. Then I woke up.

    I remember the prayer, how many tornadoes there were and especially my emotion the most vivid in my dream.

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