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Weather Factoids
The total amount of rain, snow, and other moisture falling on the earth's surface each year is equal to about ten million gallons for every person on the planet.(The National Lightning Safety Institute)

The amount of energy produced by a typical hurricane in just a single day is about the same as the entire electric energy production of the U.S. in one year! (NASA)

When the wind speed of a hurricane doubles, its destructive force increases four times! (NC Storm Track)

Lightning is three times hotter than the surface of the sun and travels at 90,000 miles per second! (The Lightning Safety Institute)

Who says lightning never strikes? It strikes the Empire State Building an average of 20 - 25 times each year The Lightning Safety Institute More people are killed by lightning than any other kind of storm, including hurricanes and tornadoes. (Kids' Lightning Information and Safety)

While central Florida is the lightning capital of the U.S., tropical Africa (Kampala, Uganda) is the lightning capital of the world where they receive more than 280 thunderstorm days occur each year. (World Meteorological Organization)

The most violent tornadoes can have winds in excess of 300 mph and can travel as fast as 70 mph. (NOAA).

Tornadoes most commonly occur in May between the hours of 3 PM and 7 PM. (USA Today)

While tornadoes occur in every state, no one has ever been killed by a tornado in California (The Tornado Project Online)

Texas has the greatest number of tornadoes, but the United Kingdom has the highest frequency of tornadoes per unit area in the world? (Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO); Oxfordshire, England)

All 10 of the warmest years on record have occurred in the last 15 years. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

Scientists predict that the Earth will warm an additional 2 to 6 degrees over the next century do to the Greenhouse Effect. (Environmental Defense Fund)


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