There are many different types of severe weather, and some can be damaging and downright scary. In the Ozarks where we live, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are common in late spring. And we are prone to ice storms in the winter. Other types of severe weather can occur around the world, and they’re not always stormy. They include blizzards, hailstorms, heavy rain and flooding, damaging winds, lightning and even drought. In this lesson, we will explore thunderstorms because they are so common. Approximately 16 million thunderstorms occur around the world each year. So you are likely to encounter one or more in your lifetime. My kids can be frightened by severe weather if and when it occurs, but we find when we know more about something, we fear it less and actually find it quite interesting. Hopefully, you will feel the same way after exploring the ins and outs of stormy weather.