Just how many thunderstorms exist?

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Have you ever wondered how many thunderstorms form in a given year? For the answer, we turn to our colleagues at the National Severe Storms Laboratory. The NSSL is primary federal research laboratory dedicated to weather research, including forecasting & development of new weather equipment. These researchers have access to a wide variety of weather information, including statistics on storm formation.

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According to archive data, 16 million thunderstorms develop each year worldwide. There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in our country, and about 10% of these cells reach severe levels. It just proves a point that we already know- thunderstorms are simply a part of life. That’s why we always have to be ready.

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jerry-jackson Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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