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Thunderstorms

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January

Big, loud, booms

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     Thunderstorms occur frequently across Florida. In fact, the Florida peninsula has the greatest number
of thunderstorms in the United States. One of the reasons Florida has so many thunderstorms is that many of the ingredients needed to create thunderstorms can be found here
almost every day.

     A thunderstorm is basically a huge engine that floats in the sky. Like a car engine, a thunderstorm needs fuel, a place to convert the fuel into power and an exhaust system. When everything is working correctly, a thunderstorm can have strong winds, hail, lightning, heavy rainfall and even tornadoes.

     It’s not easy to say how long a thunderstorm will last. Thunderstorms come in different forms, which will determine how long they might survive. Sometimes a storm has only one thunderstorm cloud and will last for 20 to 30 minutes. Look in the St. Petersburg Times for information about thunderstorms. Have thunderstorms ruined your weekday or weekend plans? Does thunder frighten your pets, siblings or friends? Share the information and your experiences here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 12:17pm]

    

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