Thunderstorm Facts and Other Weather
Homework and School help on Common facts about thunderstormsLearn some basic thunderstorm facts. Want to learn more about thunderstorms? Learn about these fun and interesting weather facts about thunderstorms.
Thunderstorms are awesome forces of weather. Some people are frightened by them, and some people even get excited at the prospect of a thunderstorm coming their way. I'm one of those people who loves a good thunderstorm during the summertime to cool off in the hot and humid weather of the Midwest at times. So what are some basic thunderstorm facts? Some basic thunderstorm facts:
What is a thunderstorm?
They are created by unstable air and they need lift mechanisms such as cold fronts, sea breezes, or mountains. For more on the weather conditions needed, check out How do Thunderstorms Form
Where do thunderstorms mostly occur?
They can and do pretty much happen anywhere with the exception of extremely cold weather climates. The weather conditions needed can happen pretty much anywhere in the world.
What is the difference between a Severe Thunderstorm Watch and a Warning?
Lightning is probably the most dangerous part of the storm and is one of the most dangerous phenomena in weather. It is quick and can strike without warning. You never want to be out in the open during a strong storm as this practically makes you a wide open target for a lightning strike. Avoid trees and metal objects as over 100 people are hit or killed by lightning each year in the states.
They can also produce tornadoes and waterspouts. Only very strong storms will produce them though. Thunderstorm quick weather facts:
- Thunderstorms always cause lightning and sometimes lightning will even strike miles ahead of the main storm so be safe and use common weather safety tips.
- The strongest type of thunderstorm is the supercell thunderstorm. Find out more about the different types of thunderstorms.
- The United States gets on average about 100,000 thunderstorms a year, mostly in the midwestern and southern states where the weather can be unstable during many times of the year. (Florida is number 1)
- Most of the time, straight line winds from thunderstorms are responsible for damaeg during a storm (winds over 100 MPH)
- Large hail causes over a billion dollars in weather damage to structures and crops across the United States.
Flying Into Thunderstorms
Learn some interesting facts on why flying into a thunderstorm is dangerous.
Cold Fronts and Warm Fronts
Thunderstorms occur most frequently occur along cold and warm fronts. Read more about cold and warm fronts.
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