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Thunderstorms and Lightning

You see the flash. You hear the thunder. Will you know what to do? Learn the basics of thunderstorm development and explore options for staying safe in a lightning storm.
  1. Causes of Severe Storms (3)
  2. Lightning (4)
  3. Monsoons (2)
  4. Weather Survival Stories (7)

How Do Thunderstorms Form?
Follow the life cycle of a thunderstorm, from formation to dissipation.

Storm Stats: Thunderstorms & Lightning
An at-a-glance guide to thunderstorms. Learn how to recognize storm signs, interpret watches/warnings, and swiftly seek shelter wherever you may be.

Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes: How do They Compare?
How do thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes differ? See how in this side-by-side storm comparison.

Lightning Warning Signs
If you experience any of these, lightning could be about to strike you or somewhere near to you.

Lightning Deaths Based on Population
Understanding lightning related casualties is more than just reporting numbers of deaths. Based on the number of people in a state in the US, although more people are struck by lightning in Florida than in all other states on average, this article reveals that other states are considered more dangerous.

United States Lightning Fatalities 1996-2006
In the United States, weather records are catalogued by location, gender, age, and state. Knowing the locations for the most severe storms can help people to stay safe and remember to practice weather drills. Armed with knowledge, protecting your family from a storm such as a hurricane, flash, flood, tornado, or thunderstorm can be your first defense in staying alive.

The Most Dangerous States in the US for Lightning Deaths and Injuries
Find out which states in the United States have the greatest number of lightning and thunderstorms related deaths and injuries.

What is the Anvil Rule for Thunderstorms?
NASA launch protocols include data on weather and events within the atmosphere. Learn how anvil clouds form and why they are dangerous to the launch of a space shuttle.

How Many Lightning Deaths Have Occurred in the United States?
Data and diagrams of lightning deaths by state for the years 1959-2004.

Lightning Deaths - Prevention through Education
Which states have the most lightning strikes? How many deaths have occurred? Look at the archive of data on lightning strikes to find out!

Lightning Safety Brochure for the General Public
Be ready for a lightning strike by following these easy safety tips. Download the brochure and read the section on lightning rods!

Lightning Deaths Based on Population
Understanding lightning related casualties is more than just reporting numbers of deaths. Although more people are struck by lightning in Florida than in all other states on average, this article reveals that the following two states are considered more dangerous.

What Is a Dry Thunderstorm?
Dry thunderstorms often occur in the Western United States. The lightning strikes that result from a dry storm are often the culprits responsible for massive wildfires during fire weather season.

Tstorm Watches and Warnings
Learn the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning.

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