FAST FACT

Thunderstorms

  • It is estimated that about 1,800 thunderstorms occur on Earth each day.
  • Lightning kills and injures more people each year than hurricanes or tornadoes.
  • A typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes.
  • The average temperature of lightning is about 20000 °C (36000 °F); hotter than the surface of the sun. 
  • A typical lightning bolt contains 1 billion volts and 10,000 to 200,000 amps of current enough to power the whole of the USA for about 20 minutes.