A thunderstorm is an enigmatic phenomenon of lightning, thunder and rain or hailstorm. To know more about thunderstorms and learn some interesting facts about it, keep reading this article.

Thunderstorm Facts

A thunderstorm is basically a raging weather condition, which is accompanied by lightning and is characterized by an acoustic effect on the Earth’s atmosphere. This effect is known as thunder. A thunderstorm is typically followed by torrential rainfall, heavy and strong winds, occasional snow, hail or sleet storm. Cumulonimbus is the type of cloud responsible for a thunderstorm; it is famously known as ‘thunderhead’. A thunderstorm occurs when clouds are cold enough to form ice or ultra cold water to separate electrical charges and have sufficient upward movement; the warm and moist air inside the cloud moves upward and cools down to form cumulonimbus cloud. The rising air reaches a particular height of relevance called the dew point and starts to convert the moisture in it as ice or water droplets. These droplets then travel a long distance and fall on the surface of the earth. While falling down, these droplets collide with each other and gain more size, which in turn causes the downdraft of air and results in strong winds. A thunderstorm generally occurs in the mid-latitude regions where warm and moist air collides with cold air. It can be dangerous to living beings and landscapes. A thunderstorm with stronger force can lead up to tornadoes and waterspouts. There are four different types of thunderstorms: single-cell thunderstorm, multi-cell cluster thunderstorm, multi-cell lines thunderstorm and super-cells thunderstorm. The super-cells thunderstorm is the strongest and severe of all the thunderstorms. The study on thunderstorms can be carried out with the help of weather radars, weather stations and videography.  Here in this article, we are going to learn some interesting facts about thunderstorm.
Interesting Facts About Thunderstorm
  • Thunderstorms are most likely to happen in the spring and summer season, during afternoon and evening hours.
  • Eighteen thousand thunderstorms occur all over the earth, each day.
  • Lightning produced by thunderstorms kills more people than tornadoes.
  • During a thunderstorm, we see lightning before we can hear it because the light travels faster than sound.
  • The tingle on your skin or on your hair strand’s end can tell you that the lightning is about to strike.
  • The typical thunderstorm lasts for about thirty minutes and is 15 miles in diameter.
  • Every thunderstorm has lightning.
  • Leading cause of lightning injuries inside houses is talking on the phone.
  • Contrary to the famous belief, standing under a tree during lightning is the most dangerous place to take shelter.
  • It is believed that the lightning may have played a significant role in the evolution of living organisms.
  • About 240 thunderstorms annually strike Kampala in Uganda.
  • An approximate of one billion dollar of damage is caused by thunderstorms, every year.
  • Lightning is about five times as hot as the surface of the sun.
  • According to studies, the most intensified and severe thunderstorms strike Argentina.
  • A bolt of lightning in a thunderstorm is 50,000°F in temperature.
  • The 1979’s hailstorm in Norwich, England produced ice flakes, 2-4 inches in size, instead of the usual hail.
  • The deadliest of the hailstorms recorded occurred in the Moradabad and Bareilly districts of India in 1888, killing 246 people.
  • The most costly of the hailstorms occurred in Munich, Germany in 1984. It caused a billion dollar’s worth damage.
  • The earliest recorded hailstorm occurred in Uttarakhand, India in the 9th century. Several Hindu pilgrims died in it.
  • A dying thunderstorm triggers another thunderstorm.
  • Strangely, in 1933, during a thunderstorm, huge hailstones were reported to have fallen along with frozen ducks inside it, in Worchester, MA.
  • In 1892, a thunderstorm in Germany resulted in heavy rainfall along with hundreds of fresh water mussels.
  • In Romania, a rainstorm was reported in 1872 that accompanied with a myriad of black worms.
  • In 1842, in Derby, England, a thunderstorm was reported to have occurred with heavy rainfall, accompanying fishes and frogs.
  • In 1902 in Spain, a thunderstorm was reported to have the kind of rain drops that gave off electrical sparks and made a crackling noise, upon the touching of the ground.
  • Apart from Earth, Jupiter and Venus experiences thunderstorms.
  • In mythology, Greeks thought that thunderstorms were battles waged by Zeus, while the American Indian tribes connected thunderstorms with the Thunderbird, the servant of the Great Spirit.
  • The first ever atomic bomb was detonated in 1945, in Alamagordo, New Mexico. A typical thunderstorm produces several times more energy than the energy produced by the first atomic bomb.
  • Thunderstorm clouds grow to heights above 20,000 feet.
  • A typical rainstorm contains 7.2 million tons of water.
  • Lightning often, repeatedly, strikes the same place; especially if the object is tall, pointy and deserted.
  • There was once a time when Empire State Building was used as a lightning laboratory as it is hit by the lightning approximately twenty five times in a year.
  • The electrical charge produced by lightning has the kind of power and heat that it can electrocute as soon as it makes a contact. Its can split trees, ignite fires and can cause electric failures.
  • Cars are a great shelter from the lightning. But, contrary to the belief, it is the metal and the metal sides that protect you and not the rubber tires.
  • The human body does not store electricity; it is perfectly safe to touch someone who has been electrocuted by lightning.
  • The longest bolt of lightning was seen in Dallas, Texas. It was 118 miles long.
  • Even an area with clear sky above can be struck by lightning, if it is in 10 miles area from the actual storm.
  • Annually, during spring season, storm chasers visit the Great Plain of United States and the Canadian Prairies to explore storms and tornadoes scientifically, through video photography.
  • Due to dry summers, the Pacific Ocean rarely sees any thunderstorms.

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