– Imagine seeing a huge thunder cloud always forming on one place almost every day. There is such a thunder cloud and its name is Hector the Convector, also know as Thunderstorm Hector.
It is an unusual atmospheric phenomenon, but not a unique event in the global essence of storm systems.
Hector the Convector forms nearly every afternoon on the Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia between during the transitional months of November to December and February to March, each year. Known as known as one of the world’s most consistently large thunderstorms, this enormous thunder cloud reaches heights of approximately 20 kilometers (66,000 ft).
It got its name during the Second World War when pilots and mariners in the region used it as a navigational beacon.
Hector the Convector is a cumulonimbus cloud, meaning it can be many kilometers thick, with a base near the Earth’s surface and a top frequently reaching an altitude of 10 km (33,000 feet), and sometimes much higher.
Thunderstorm Hector can be observed from over 100 kilometers away. Giant thunder clouds like Hector are estimated to harness the power of ten Hiroshima-sized bombs.