Thunderstorm Formation Brittney burke

A thunderstorm generates lightning, thunder, heavy winds, and various kinds of precipitation.

About 45,000 thunderstorms happen on Earth every day.

How Thunderstorms Form

  1. Cumulus Stage- when warm, unstable air rises. (updrafts) , the cloud grows bigger
  2. Mature Stage- when the cloud is at it's biggest stage and has a large amount of water. Precipitation occurs
  3. Dissipating stage- precipitation cools down the cloud and the storm dies
This is a cloud during the cumulus stage.
This is a cloud during the mature stage.
This is a cloud during the dissipating stage.

Thunderstorms usually last 1-2 hours.

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