Quirky weather facts you weren't aware of
POSTED: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 9:53pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 9:55pm
BROWNSVILLE (NEWS CENTER 23) — In light of the monsoon, I decided to share a few fun facts about weather you probably didn't know about.
We are barely starting to see enough moisture accumulating in our region, but soon our area will be drenched in showers throughout the next couple of months.
So here are a few quirky facts you may be interested in knowing.
Did you know: A 'Positive Giant' is a bolt of lightning that strikes the ground up to 20 kms away from the storm, carrying more power than regular lightning.
It seems to come out of clear sky, so the saying has arisen, 'a bolt from the blue'.
In fact, the USA has more violent weather than any other country.
Each year it averages about 10,000 big thunderstorms, 1000 tornadoes and hurricanes.
Weather has always been around, but weather reports weren't always available for the public.
The first time that weather reports were published in a newspaper was in 1692 in England.
In Brownsville, we see a few drops spill through the region quite frequently, but did you know there is one place on Earth that gets maybe a few drops of rain each year? (Quite Literally in fact)
The driest place on Earth is the Atacama desert in South America.
It gets less than 0.1 mm of rain each year.
We all know lightning can be quite powerful, but here is an example of how dangerous lightning can be.
Did you know: The temperature of lightning can reach 30,000ºC.
When a tree is struck by lightning, the water inside the tree boils and the tree explodes.
We all know that water vapor is one of the many components that make up a cloud, but how big are the water vapor droplets exactly?
The droplets of water vapor are 1000 times smaller than a raindrop.
Here is the last quirky fact of the day.
It may be a little hard to believe, but it was cited on, www.kidcyber.com
A tornado in the United States picked up a 9 month old baby called Joshua Walls and carried him for 270 meters before putting him down unharmed.