Thunderstorms

Faith, Cailynne, Raynie

Thunderstorms:

A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you have thunder, lightning, heavy rain and/or hail. Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning.

Cause of Thunderstorms

Several things mix to cause thunderstorms. Moisture and unstable air play major rolls in this process. Moisture forms the clouds and rain, unstable air rises rapidly, and lift can create fronts.

Environmental Damages:

Thunderstorms can cause major environmental damages. Some of these are: Flash Flooding, fires, and strong winds that knock down trees. They can sometimes spawn tornadoes as well.

Damages to Humans:

Flash Flood

Thunderstorms are also dangerous to humans.They can cause destruction of power lines and mobile homes and hail can damage cars and windows. If you see lightning and you're outside, get inside because you are at risk of being struck by lightning.

Warning Systems

Weather Satellites detect thunderstorms. They are constantly taking pictures of Earth's changing surface. If clouds seem to be rapidly growing, there is a chance of a possible thunderstorm.

The Vaisala Thunderstorms Warning System TWX300 detects thunderstorms by detecting lightning.

Thunderstorms Occurance

Thunderstorms are most likely to occur during the Spring and Summer months during the afternoon and evening hours. Think about how many thunderstorms we've had this winter? But thunderstorms can happen anytime and any hour. These are most likely to occur along the Gulf Coast (Southern States)

Safety Precautions

Don't be outside during a thunderstorm, you are at risk of getting struck. If you do happen to be outside, make sure you are close to tall structures such as buildings. Make sure you are not in an open area, for lightning tends to strike the tallest object around.

Cool Facts/Interesting Information

The average temperature of lightning is 36000 degrees F.

Astraphobia is the fear of thunder and lightning.

Sound of thunder travels 767 mph

Lightning travels at 6.696*10^6 mph

Thunder is cause by lightning

Works Cited

Walker, Nick. "Thunderstorm." Thunder and Lightning. Wxdude, n.d. Web

Kids, Science. "Fun Thunder Facts for Kids." Fun Thunder Facts for Kids. Science Kids, 2014. Web. 08 Feb. 2014.

NSSA. "NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory." NSSL: Severe Weather 101: Thunderstorm Types. NSSA, 2014. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.