What are the stages of a thunderstorms?
Thunderstorms have three stages in their life cycle: The developing stage, the mature stage, and the dissipating stage.
Where are the most intense thunderstorms on Earth?
Favored locations include the south-central United States, southeast South America, and equatorial Africa. Other regions have extreme storms mainly in specific seasons, such as the Sahel, the Indian subcontinent, and northern Australia.
What are the 3 stages of thunderstorm development?
Most thunderstorms form with three stages: the cumulus stage when storm clouds form, the mature stage when the storm is fully formed, and then the dissipating stage when the storm weakens and breaks apart.
What is the second stage of a thunderstorm?
The second stage is the mature stage. The storm has considerable depth, often reaching 40,000 to 60,000 feet (12 to 18 km). Strong updrafts and downdrafts coexist. This is the most dangerous stage when large hail, damaging winds, and flash flooding may occur.