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What do you know about thunderstorms?

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A thunderstorm is simply a storm characterized by the presence of lightning and thunder. The ancients attributed them to the activities of their gods. We understand them much better today. How much do you know about thunderstorms?

  • Although they occur most often in tropical areas, a thunderstorm can occur in the Earth’s polar regions.

    • True
    • False
  • At any given moment, how many thunderstorms are occurring on Earth?

    • 500
    • 2,000
    • 5,000
    • 10,000
  • Approximately what percentage of people survive being hit by lightning?

    • 75%
    • 80%
    • 85%
    • 90%
  • Lightning can be 25 times hotter than the surface of the sun.

    • True
    • False, only 10 times hotter
    • False, only 5 times hotter
    • False, as hot as but no more
  • Some people believe that you can get thunder and lightning with snow instead of rain. This is an urban myth.

    • True
    • False
  • You should not use any telephone or electrical appliance during a thunderstorm.

    • True
    • False, use anything you want
    • False, cell phones are OK, anything plugged into an outlet should be avoided.
  • Lightning can occur

    • Within a cloud
    • Between two clouds
    • From the Earth to a cloud
    • From a cloud to the Earth
    • All of the above
  • Thunderstorms can cause asthma attacks.

    • True
    • False

What do you think?

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Written by Gary J Sibio

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