A cloud weighs over 200,000 lbs. How much more does a hurricane weigh? How does all that water float? NPR gives us the staggering answers that makes you appreciate a hurricane’s size.
The water in a single, white and fluffy cloud can weigh over 200,000 lbs. A current of warm air rising up beneath the cloud holds it up until the pressure of the water falling is greater than the pressure of the warm air holding it up. The water in a storm cloud, a cumulonimbus cloud, can weigh over 100 million pounds. Hurricanes, which move immense amounts of water from one place to another, can weigh billions of pounds.