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Thunderstorms

When are thunderstorms most likely to happen?

    During the winter months in the early afternoon hours.
    During the spring and summer months in the afternoon and evening hours.
    During the fall months in the morning hours.

Which of the following occurs with ALL thunderstorms?

    Lightning
    Tornadoes
    Hail

If you hear a thunderstorm coming, what should you do?

    Stand under a tree for protection.
    Go inside a sturdy building or car.
    Lay down flat on the ground.

Which of the following indicates that you are in danger from lightning?

    When lightning and thunder occur very close together.
    You feel your hair stand on end.
    Both of the above; when lightning and thunder occur very close together and you feel your hair stand on end.

If you can't get inside during a thunderstorm, what should you do?

    Find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles.
    Crouch down on the balls of your feet, place your hands on your knees, and lower your head.
    Both of the above; find a low spot and crouch down on the balls of your feet.