What’s the longest thunderstorm ever recorded?

How long did the longest thunderstorm last?

It lasted 16.73 seconds. That flash also spanned several hundred miles. “These are mind-boggling incredible extremes,” Randy Cerveny, a professor at Arizona State University and a member of the WMO committee that certified the records, wrote in an email.

What was the worst thunderstorm in history?

DES MOINES, Iowa — The derecho storm in Iowa from this summer is the most expensive thunderstorm disaster in U.S. history. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is estimating total damage valued at $7.5 billion.

Can a thunderstorm last all day?

Thunderstorms are most likely in the spring and summer months and during the afternoon and evening hours, but they can occur year-round and at all hours. Along the Gulf Coast and across the southeastern and western states, most thunderstorms occur during the afternoon.

Where is the safest place during a thunderstorm?

The safest location during a thunderstorm is inside a large enclosed structure with plumbing and electrical wiring. These include shopping centers, schools, office buildings, and private residences.

Can thunder hurt you?

What is there to be scared of? Most storms are harmless, even soothing to some, and nurturing to plants and wildlife. Thunder can’t hurt us, of course, but lightning strikes can be deadly. … Still, lightning strikes are deadly, which is why you should go indoors when you hear thunder.

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Why is thunder so loud?

Why is thunder so loud? It’s because the amount of electrical energy that flows from the cloud to the ground is so enormous: it’s like a very big waterfall of electricity. The louder the sound that you hear, the closer you are to the lightning. Light travels through air much faster than sound.

Why does it rain harder at night?

Air is generally cooler at night, and cool air holds less moisture than warm air resulting in rainfall.