Thunderstorms, Snowstorms, and Hurricanes By: Arvin Tamayosa

3 Types of Storms


A thunderstorm is a small storm often followed by hard precipitation and thunder and lightning. Lightning is a sudden spark as charges jump between different parts of the cloud, or between a cloud and the ground. They form in cumulonimbus clouds. Cumulonimbus clouds form on hot, humid afternoons or when warm air is pushed against a cold front. Thunderstorms can cause severe damage as well as create floods.


Hurricanes are tropical cyclones that has winds of at least 119 kilometers per hour. Hurricanes form in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Hurricanes begin over warm ocean water as a low-pressure area. Hurricanes draws its energy from warm, humid air at an ocean's surface. Winds spiral toward the center of the hurricane where the lowest pressure is. Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are the same phenomenon but occur in different areas. Hurricanes can create severe floods and storm surges.


If the air is colder than 0 degrees Celsius from a storm cloud to the ground, the precipitation will fall as snow. High winds can be dangerous, if you are stuck in a snowstorm. The winds will rapidly make your body cold and make your vision limited. Snow from the winter months melts in the warm months. The melted snow provides fresh water for anyone's needs.


Different types of severe storms form in different ways, but they also can be connected. For example, the conditions that create thunderstorms can also create tornadoes. Storms can create incredible damage, but can also help in some ways.