9 Facts About Thunderstorms
Florida weather is unlike the weather anywhere else in the world. One minute it could be beautiful and sunny and the next minute gray clouds could roll in and thunderstorms start booming. Thunderstorms in Florida can pass in 10 minutes or wreak havoc on an area for hours. The unpredictability that comes with South Florida storms makes it difficult to prepare and respond. The impact of thunderstorms ranges significantly, so Florida homeowners must take as many precautions as possible.
The fact that Floridians have grown so accustom to major thunderstorms is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, being used to big storms reduces panic and makes the aftermath easier to deal with. On the other hand, the familiarity of thunderstorms can cause some Floridians to fail to act quickly and appropriately before a storm hits. In any case, being armed with facts is important for everyone. An educated person is in a much better position to weather a storm in Florida.
We have collected some of the most interested facts about thunderstorms below:
- Since light travels faster than sound, lighting is seen before thunder
- Snowstorms can cause thunder too
- The eye of a storm is very calm and can even be sunny
- A storm is pulled down by rain
- Approximately 6,000 lightning strikes occur each minute in a thunderstorm
- Astraphobia is the name for a fear of thunder and lightning
- A cumulus cloud weighs more than 1 million pounds
- On average, the temperature of lightning is 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit
- The way to calculate the distance that a storm is from you is to count the number of seconds between a flash of lightning and the sound of thunder (calculated as second divided by 5)
While no one can truly predict that severity of a storm, being knowledgeable about the potential damage that they can cause is imperative. At SERVPRO, our storm damage team has years of experience in repairing and restoring homes after a storm strikes. Contact us today to learn more!