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Interesting Facts

1. The biggest clouds are cumulonimbus, climbing up to 6 miles high and holding up to half a million tons of water.
2. The largest hailstone recorded fell on 14 April 1986 in Bangladesh weighing 2.25lbs. The hailstorm reportedly killed 92 people.
3. A single snowstorm can drop 40 million tons of snow, carrying the energy equivalent to 120 atom bombs.
4. At any particular time, there are approximately 1,800 thunderstorms occurring in the Earth's atmosphere.
5. Thunderstorms can generate gusts of wind that can develop additional thunderstorms 100 miles away.
6. A government study showed that one small thunderstorm held more than 33 million gallons of water.
7. In 1967, Hurricane Beulah unleased 115 tornadoes over Texas.
8. The average lifespan of a tornado is less than 15 minutes.
9. The fastest winds on earth are inside a tornado funnel. Winds here have been recorded at 300 mph.
10. The windiest place in the world is Port Martin, Antarctica, which has an average wind speed over a year of 40 mph. It experiences gale force 8 winds for over a hundred days a year!
11. The tiny droplets of water that make up fog are so small that it would take seven thousand million of them to make a single tablespoonful of water.
12. 9 out of 10 lightning strike victims survive!
13. In ten minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined!
14. Rain contains vitamin B12.
15. The speed of a typical raindrop is 17 miles per hour.
16. The winter of 1932 in the US was so cold that Niagara falls froze completely solid!
17. You can use pine cones to forecast the weather: The scales will close when rain is on the way.
18. The fastest wind speed ever recorded is 318 mph in one of the May 3, 1999 tornadoes to hit Oklahoma.
19. A lightning strike in the Democratic Republic of Congo killed all 11 members of one soccer team while leaving the opposing team in the match untouched, leading to accusations of witchcraft by the survivors.
20. Butte Montana has more days each year where the temperature drops below freezing (223 days) than any other city in the lower 48 states in the USA.