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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?

  • Question of

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

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

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

    • 500
    • 2,000
    • 5,000
    • 10,000
  • Question of

    Approximately what percentage of people survive being hit by lightning?

    • 75%
    • 80%
    • 85%
    • 90%
  • Question of

    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
  • Question of

    Some people believe that you can get thunder and lightning with snow instead of rain. This is an urban myth.

    • True
    • False
  • Question of

    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.
  • Question of

    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
  • Question of

    Thunderstorms can cause asthma attacks.

    • True
    • False

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Written by Gary J Sibio

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