A thunderstorm is awe inspiring, but an even more awesome display of God’s power is the supercell—a giant rotating storm that can cover more than a thousand square miles, spawning multiple tornadoes and throwing huge hailstones for miles. Supercells form all over the world, but they are most common in “Tornado Alley” in the United States. Supercells are responsible for some of the most severe weather in the world, including several records.
(512 km/h)—the highest wind speed ever recorded, May 3, 1999, Bridge Creek–Moore tornado in Oklahoma, spawned by a supercell.
tornadoes spawned in less than 24 hours in Buenos Aires on April 13, 1993, by a supercell.
(20 cm)—diameter of the largest hailstone measured, from a supercell in Vivian, South Dakota, on July 23, 2010. That’s about the size of a volleyball.
(38 cm)—ice dropped by a supercell in Civic, Canberra, Australia, on February 27, 2007.
lightning flashes recorded in two hours during a supercell storm in Belgium on May 25, 2009. That’s 250 lightning strikes per minute—or more than 4 strikes per second—for two hours.
the temperature a lightning bolt can reach. That’s 29,000ºC, or five times the temperature of the sun’s surface.