Thunderstorm Facts: Heavy Storms!
Is it safe to assume that at some point in our lives, we all looked up to the sky and watched the clouds? Has anyone ever pondered how much these giant, cotton-like objects actually weigh? Dennis Mersereau, from Mentalfloss.com, shines some light on this question.
“Water is heavy,” Mersereau says, “We look at clouds floating effortlessly through the sky and don’t think about the sheer amount of weight hanging above our heads.”
Downpours are truly a sight to see when they occur, but to think that what is hitting the roof of our vehicles or on top of our umbrellas could be coming down with much more force is straight-up mind boggling.
“One cumulus cloud can weigh more than 1 million pounds. When it comes to a billowing thunderstorm, though, the weigh can go up tremendously depending on how much rain it’s holding,” Mersereau continues, “we’re lucky the rain doesn’t all fall at once.”