"Isolated thunderstorms" means that indicators predict only one line of storms affecting 10 to 20 percent of the area, according to Aerostorms. Isolated thunderstorms have nothing to do with the intensity of the storm.
When isolated thunderstorms are predicted, there is typically only one storm complex in the area, and the area covered is less than when scattered thunderstorms are predicted. Scattered thunderstorms may also have more than one line of storms in the area that have the potential to affect a larger portion of the map. The squall line or storm of an isolated thunderstorm may be small and cover less, or it may be large and affect many.Learn More
Thunderstorms usually last for 30 minutes to an hour. They can happen in a singular fashion, in lines or in clusters. Some of the most dangerous thunderstorms happen when a single storm strikes in a location for a lengthy period of time.Full Answer >
Scattered thunderstorms cover a large area and are likely to include several storm rounds. Storm chaser Adam Lucio explains that "scattered" and "isolated" descriptors have no bearing on a thunderstorm's actual intensity. These descriptions refer to the coverage a thunderstorm has over a certain area.Full Answer >
Meteorologists use the Lifted Index (LI) to estimate the atmosphere's potential to produce severe thunderstorms. The Lifted Index measures the temperature of rising air in the atmosphere to determine the likelihood of a thunderstorm. Satellite imagery is also used to track thunderstorms.Full Answer >
Uganda is the country that has the most thunderstorms. The northern Lake Victoria of Kampala in Uganda experiences the maximum number of thunderstorms, at 242 days per year on average, compared to any other country in the world.Full Answer >