Little Known Facts About Thunderstorms
The warmer it gets, the more time we plan to spend outdoors, which means staying on top of the weather. While some people rely on the latest forecast, others can smell a storm coming or feel it in their bones. But no matter how much we try to predict them, thunderstorms are a stark reminder that Mother Nature is in control.
But how much do we really know about lighting and thunderstorms? We’ve gathered some awe-inspiring facts to get you ready for the upcoming storm season:
- There are about 100,000 thunderstorms in the U.S. annually, and about 10% of those are severe.
- Moisture and warmth are crucial to thunderstorms, which is why they happen most from May through August and when the surface air is the warmest, which is generally around 2 to 4 p.m.
- There are 50 to 100 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes every second worldwide, resulting in over 3 million strikes per day.
- A lightning strike – which is approximately the diameter of a quarter – happens in under 2 microseconds.
- Lightning strikes are over 50,000 degrees, which is more than five times the temperature of the sun.
- Lightning can carry over 100-million volts of electricity.
Keep in mind that lightning can strike power, phone or cable lines, resulting in dramatic spikes in your home’s electrical current. These power surges can damage your appliances and electronics. And, although they are impossible to prevent, you can protect yourself from the cost of repairing or replacing damaged property.
FirstEnergy’s Surge Assist Program provides protection that covers the repair and replacement of surge-damaged electronics.
So, the next time a storm rolls in, keep your eyes to the skies and appreciate the power of Mother Nature’s light show – without worrying about a power surge.
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