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What is a Supercell?

A Supercell is a severe thunderstorm with a deep, persistently rotating updraft (a mesocyclone). Supercell thunderstorms are the largest, most severe class of thunderstorms. It has been argued that there are really only two types of thunderstorms: supercell and ordinary, though some have … Read More…

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Lightning Myths

In this article, we separate the myths from the facts – and answer some of the frequently asked questions about lightning. Is it true that lightning never strikes the same place twice? No, lightning strikes many of the tall buildings in the world … Read More…

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The Life Cycle of Thunderstorms

Did you know that 1,800 thunderstorms occur at any moment around the world?? That is 16 million a year!?? So what causes thunderstorms? Thunderstorms need three things to develop: Moisture: To form clouds and rain Unstable air: Warm air that can rise rapidly … Read More…

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2012 Lightning Safety Campaign

Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena, lightning.  Here are some lightning facts and reminders on lightning safety. There is no safe place outside in a thunderstorm. If you hear thunder, consider yourself within striking distance of … Read More…

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