Thunderstorm Basics

The Ingredients Needed for a Thunderstorm:

  • Moisture to form in the clouds
  • Atmospheric instability
  • Lift allowing the air to rise

Severe Thunderstorm Requirements:

  • Hail that is at least one inch in size
  • Wind gust of at least 58 mph

A microburst is a localized column of air that comes down to the ground by a collapsing downdraft/thunderstorm.  It has strong to damaging straight line winds, with heavy rain, and is short lived.


Source:  Weather Spotter’s Field Guide, US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , National Weather Service , June 2011

Jack Daniel’s Distillery

Last week, Mom and I went to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery.  It is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is located in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

They use limestone spring water, corn, rye, and Barley to make the sour mash.  The liquid is filtered through charcoal one drop at a time for mellowing.  Then it is played in a wooden barrel for at least 4 years.

After 4 years, the barrel is opened and tested by professional tasters.  They decide if the whiskey is ready or if it needs to spend a few more years in the barrel.