Thunder and lightening is both a beauty and hazard of nature. As an introduction here are some interesting base level facts that will help you start your exploration into thunder and lightening
· Thunderstorms happen in every state and every thunderstorm has lightning. Lightning can strike people and buildings and is very dangerous.
· Thunderstorms affect small areas when compared with hurricanes and winter storms.
· The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes.
· Nearly 1,800 thunderstorms are happening at any moment around the world.
· Despite their small size, all thunderstorms are dangerous.
· Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes.
· Of the estimated 100,000 thunderstorms that occur each year in the United States,about 10 percent are classified as severe.