Weather Facts

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Quick Weather Facts

  • The fastest speed a falling raindrop can hit you is 18mph.
  • During a hurricane, 90% of the people who die end up dying from drowning.
  • The coldest temperature ever recorded was a negative 126.9 degrees Fahrenheit in Vostok Station, Antarctica.
  • Between evaporation and falling as precipitation, a droplet of water may travel thousands of miles.
  • The typical lifetime of a small cumulus cloud is between 10 to 15 minutes.
  • A corn field of one acre gives off 4,000 gallons off water per day in evaporation.
  • A molecule of water will stay in Earth’s atmosphere for an average duration of 10-12 days.
  • Snowflakes falling at 2-4 mph can take about 1 hr to reach the ground.
  • For each minute of the day, 1 billion tons of rain falls on the Earth.
  • At any given time, on average there are about 1800 thunderstorms occurring on earth with 100 lightning strikes per second.
  • Lightning bolts can travel 60 miles.
  • A lightning bolt travels at about 14,000mph and brings 300,000 volts of electricity to the ground.
  • The air located around a lightning bolt is heated to around 30,000 degrees Celsius. This is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun.
  • The chances of being struck by lightning are about one in three million.
  • The largest hailstone ever recorded in the United States was nearly the size of a soccer ball. It was a 7-inch wide chunk of ice.
  • Lightning sets about 10,000 forest fires every year in the United States.
  • In one day a hurricane can release enough energy to supply all of the nation’s electrical needs for about six months.
  • The highest temperature ever recorded in the United States was 134 degrees F at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, California.
  • In 1899, it was so cold that the Mississippi River froze over its entire length.
  • The United States uses an estimated 10 million tons of salt each year to melt ice on the roads.
  • A cubic mile of ordinary fog contains less than a gallon of water.
  • An inch of rain water is equivalent to 15 inches of dry, powdery snow.
  • Every year in the US, 625 people are struck by lightning.
  • The average width of a tornado’s funnel averages about 100 to 200 yards but may be as wide as a mile.