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14 Thunderstorm Facts for Kids 2022 [Must Read]

Thunderstorms are natural phenomena that many people- especially children are afraid of. While people have been devising many spiritual theories related to thunderstorms, they have a scientific backing to them which many people are unaware of. Let us read about thunderstorms and some interesting facts related to them. 

What are Thunderstorms and What Causes Them?

A thunderstorm’s main components are unstable air, moisture, and lift. The moisture is essential because it helps clouds and rain form. You also need warm and unstable air that rises quickly and lifts. 

Thunderstorm Facts for Kids

Thunder and lightning are elements that make up a thunderstorm. Lightning in thunderstorms is caused by a cumulonimbus cloud, which frequently generates strong winds, torrential rain, and occasionally hail. Lightning is deadly and occurs in all thunderstorms. When ice and water vapor collide inside thunderclouds, lightning happens.  Lightning occurs when the charge of the storm makes contact with electrical charges on the ground.

Although thunderstorms might occur at any time, they usually occur during spring, summer, and occasionally fall. Thunderstorms typically occur during the second half of the day, particularly in the afternoon and at night. More than 1,800 thunderstorms take place every day on earth. 

Here are 14 interesting facts about thunderstorms for kids

Do not get on the water.  

The first rules when driving in a flooded area are: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least half of flood-related drowning occurs when people drive their cars underwater. With just 6 inches of water, the engine can stop, you can lose control of your car, and one foot can wipe your car off the road. At high tide, it means you can sink or drown.  

Thunderstorm Over Sea

It can rain frogs, fish, and other weird things. 

This is a rare meteorological event. One of the strangest thunderstorm phenomena is that strong winds from tornadoes and storms are strong enough to push animals and other inanimate objects into the air that eventually descend. This makes them seem as though they are raining back down onto the earth. A small Australian town reported that hundreds of fish fell from the sky in 2010. 

It’s not a good idea to take a shower during a thunderstorm. 

When a lightning strike hits your home, it can move through your plumbing and surprise anyone who comes in contact with the water flowing there. People have been electrocuted and killed while bathing, washing dishes, and doing laundry. 

Shower

NASA took a plane through 1,496 thunderstorms in the 1980s.

At the time, the plane endured more than 700 lightning strikes. This was part of an effort to improve aviation lightning protection standards and work. Today, on average, airliners are hit by lightning strikes about once a year, which is usually not detrimental. In fact, it’s been decades since a US plane crashed due to a lightning strike. 

Lighting strike

Do not separate your feet.

If you’re stuck outside during a thunderstorm and don’t have a place to take shelter, ensure that you keep your feet together. About half of all lightning deaths are due to currents flowing through the ground. Keeping your feet together minimizes the possibility of electric current passing up your body and damaging your internal organs. 

It can attack twice. 

Lightning can occur twice in the same location. This is especially common with large, pointed, isolated objects. For example, the Empire State Building is attacked by lightning and feels the effects of a thunderstorm nearly 100 times annually.  

Thunderstorms and lighting are very strong and powerful. 

It is advisable to stay indoors during the storm, as about 2,000 people die each year. Therefore, there is the phrase “go indoors when thunder strikes.” A thunderstorm could contain the energy equivalent of 10 nuclear bombs. 

Thunderstorm Lighting

They store energy through the movement of air and convection heat transfer. During this process, warm, moist air rises above the atmosphere, where it cools and descends, creating clouds. These clouds, also known as cumulonimbus clouds, can contain as much energy as atomic bombs. Some thunderstorms are strong enough to cause a tornado. A tornado is a strong rotating pillar of wind. It can generate up to 300 miles (483 kilometers) of wind speed per hour. 

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You can touch a person who was struck by lightning. 

It’s a common misconception that you cannot touch a person struck by lightning. However, we’re here to tell you that this so-called fact is untrue. It is safe to touch a person who has been struck by lightning. Lightning victims have no residual charge,  meaning you will not be electrocuted if you touch a lightning-struck person.  

Thunder or Lightning can be determined by how far a thunderstorm is from you. 

Count the number of seconds between lightning and divide that number by 5. The answer is the distance between you and the storm. Use this method to track whether the storm is heading for you or away from you. 

Thunderstorm from Long Distance

Thunderstorms can occur any time of the year, but June is usually the most active month. 

They form within 30 minutes and can take several hours. However, thunderstorms typically last about 30 minutes, with an average width of about 15 miles (24 km).  

Thunderstorms occur on other planets, not just the earth. 

Other planets in our solar system are also experiencing lightning, such as the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn. Martian dust storms also have a bright flash, which some scientists believe is evidence of lightning. 

Thunderstorms on Jupiter

Thunderstorms are very large.

Cumulonimbus clouds, some of the biggest clouds in the atmosphere, are where thunderstorms form. These clouds typically have a base between 300 meters and 1 km above the surface, but they have been known to reach heights of 10 to 20 kilometers! These clouds stand out due to their immense size, rising column shape, and anvil-shaped tip. 

Big Thunderstorm Bad Weather

Thunderstorms come quickly and often.

Thunderstorms can form in as little as an hour and do so fast. Since lightning is thought to hit the Earth on average 44 times every second, they are also quite abundant in areas with hot, humid weather.

Stronger thunderstorms can form in large cities.

According to research, cities’ additional heat production can intensify thunderstorms. This has been made possible by the urban heat island effect. A large amount of thermal concrete in cities and the heat generated by activities like driving cars cause the air there to be warmer. More hot, humid air rises due to the added heat, resulting in more clouds and thunderstorms.

How to save yourself from a thunderstorms

Everywhere in the world, thunderstorms develop when there is wet air, unstable air, and a lift. They can be destructive, but they can also be beneficial. Recognize the red flags. You can learn about an impending thunderstorm by keeping an eye on weather changes, checking the weather channel, and subscribing to updates from mobile apps. Our guide took you through a list of facts about thunderstorms, and now, you will know what to do and how to react to a thunderstorm whenever you experience it. 

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