man vs. nature

The area that I live in has experienced some wicked thunderstorms today and I have heard that there were possible tornadoes in my daughter’s part of the region.

As I watched the worst of this evening’s storm from my 11th floor apartment, I was reminded that despite all the fancy technology that mankind has invented, our power as humans is a drop in the bucket compared to Mother Nature.

According to Wikipedia, an average thunderstorm releases about 10,000,000 kilowatt-hours (3.6 × 1013 joule), which is equivalent to a 20-kiloton nuclear warhead, about the same as the one dropped on Nagasaki in World War II. A large, severe thunderstorm might be 10 to 100 times more energetic.

And how many thunderstorms occur around the world each day?

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