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How long does a thunderstorm last?

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Answered 2017-08-24 06:53:03

A thunderstorm consists of 1 or more "cells"...each usually lasting 20-30 minutes. The entire lifetime of a thunderstorm can vary. Typical afternoon thunderstorms in the summer usually consist of just 1 cell, thus lasts 20-30 minutes. Severe thunderstorms can consist of numerous cells, and last several hours. Hope this helps. For more information about thunderstorms and other weather hazards, I've put together a public training course, which can be found at . There's also some interesting weather trivia at that site.

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