Severe weather myths debunked

Many myths surround severe weather and Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Kirstie Zontini wanted to debunk a few.


  • Myth 1: Lightning never strikes when the skies are clear. 

This is a common myth associated with storms. It is false though because lightning can strike 10 to 15 miles away from a parent storm. These strikes are called “bolts from the blue.” If you hear thunder go inside.

  • Myth 2: It's safe to drive a truck through floodwaters. 

This is also false. Water over the roads can actually be hiding deeper spots in the road like a sinkhole which can be dangerous even in a truck. Also, it only takes about 2 feet of rushing water to wash away a car.

  • Myth 3: Small sized hail isn't dangerous.

This is actually not true! A thunderstorm with strong winds can make any sized hail dangerous.

  • Myth 4: Cities are safe from tornadoes. 

This is a big myth. Tornadoes can develop anywhere. Big cities like Dallas, Salt Lake City and Miami have all had reported tornadoes. An urban environment will also have more debris to throw around as well.

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