Super Storms!

| by Natasha Shine

After Hurricane Isaac tore through the East Coast of the USA frightening anything that stands in its way, we thought its time to learn more about these fearsome natural disasters. Storms are terrifyingly powerful wonders of nature, but although fascinating they are extremely disastrous. Here is a list of the 10 types of super-storms with mezmarizing pictures of their unbelievable effects and we threw in some interesting facts about them too.

Tropical Cyclones


Did you know that hurricanes, typhoons, tropical depressions and tropical storms are just different names for tropical cyclones? They mainly happen in tropical places when humidity rises causing low pressure and the air around that circulates at immense speeds…and they blow down everything it their path! Cyclones are graded on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the strongest). Hurricanes are always named after the first person to discover them.


Ice Storms


Ice storms happen when the ground is freezing and the air above it is warmer, then, when rain lands on it the water freezes instantly. Ice storms weigh down trees, bridges, electricity cables, and even buildings. From 1982 to 1994, ice storms were more common than blizzards in the USA and averaged 16 per year. How scary is that?!


Sand Storms


Sand storms or ‘dust storms’ start with a strong gust of wind over a sandy or dusty land. Once a load of sand gets blown across the ground, it builds up an electric charge helping all the dust it passes over to get blown away into enormous walls of sand…just like in Mission Impossible 4!




Hailstorms are among the more common of all these storms, but on the rare ocasion, hailstorms can pour hail stones the size of softballs at the ground…when they do, it’s time to take cover! These huge hail stones usualy fall on the onset of a tornado as hail forms in colder clouds. Speaking of tornadoes…




These giant vortexes, like water going down a plug-hole, spin clockwise in the northof the equator and anti-clockwise south of the equator. Some twisters can streatch up to a mile wide! They are more common closer to the equator.




Firestorms happen when natural heat causes a fire and heats it up until it creates its own burning hot wind. They are mighty powerful…this is probably why DC Comics came up with their Firestorm Super Hero!


Snow Storm


There nothing like a surprise over night snowstorm with which you can wake up to a snowy-white christmas wonderland! Did you know that light cannot travel through snow because of the complex structure of the snowflaces?




Blizzards are snow storms with wind storms in very cold temperatures. They can cause white-outs and can last up to 24 hours! I guess that’s why the biggest city blizzard ever recorded left 62 inches of snow grounded in a single day (Alaska, 1953)!


Lightning Storm


The most dramatically random and unpredictable storm is one of lightning. Did you know that the odds of becoming a lightning victim in the U.S. in any one year is 1 in 700,000. The odds of being struck in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000.




Just looking at this picture can make anyone dream of cuddling in a fluffy blanket, sipping on hot coco, and watching a cheesy film!

Have you ever been caught in the middle of one of these mind blowing storms? Got any astonishing stories or pictures you want to share? Tell us your storm-stories and share more cool pictures with us in the comment section below!


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