# Why Do We See Lightning Before Thunder

## Should I unplug stuff during a storm?

Anything that’s plugged into an outlet in your home is at risk of suffering damage from an electrical surge during thunderstorms. If an electrical storm has been forecast unplug your computer laptop and other devices and consider unplugging appliances.

## Why does thunder shake the house?

Why does the house shake when there is a thunder storm? Your house will shake depending the closeness of the lightning. Thunder is a sonic boom that comes from the rapid heating of the air around a lightning strike. Sonic booms cause massive shaking to nearby objects (your house).

## Can lightning strike through a window?

Lightning can jump through windows so keep your distance from them during storms! The second way lightning can enter a building is through pipes or wires. If the lightning strikes utility infrastructure it can travel through those pipes or wires and enter your home that way.

## How far is lightning per second?

The Correct Method to Calculate Lightning Distance

If thunder is heard The lightning is . . .
5 seconds after a flash 1 mile away
10 seconds after a flash 2 miles away
15 seconds after a flash 3 miles away
20 seconds after a flash 4 miles away

## Which is faster lightning or thunder?

Lightning travels at the speed of light about 186 000 miles per second. … When lightning strikes a noise is made which we call thunder. Thunder travels much slower at the speed of sound about 1088 feet per second. It takes sound about 5 seconds to travel one mile.

## Why is it safe to sit inside a car during a thunderstorm?

Cars are safe from lightning because of the metal cage surrounding the people inside the vehicle. This may sound counter-intuitive because metal is a good conductor of electricity but the metal cage of a car directs the lightning charge around the vehicle occupants and safely into the ground.

## What does it mean when lightning keeps flashing?

Understanding Lightning: Continuing Current/Hot LightningSee also what are social characteristics Flashes which contain both return strokes and continuing current are also common. These flashes will flicker leaders/return strokes and also have short periods of constant illumination continuing current.

## Is it OK to have your AC on during thunderstorm?

Operating your air conditioner during a thunderstorm can lead to some damage to your unit so it’s best to shut it down when the weather starts acting up. Luckily humidity and temperature drops when storms roll in so you’ll get some relief even though your air conditioner is not in use.

## Why do we see lightning first and then after sometime hear the sound of thunder?

Lightning is seen earlier and thunder is heard later because the speed of sound is 330 m/s and the speed of light is 300 000 000 m/s. Light travels faster than a sound. Thus light from the lightning reaches first to you. The sound from the lightning takes longer to reach and hence heard later.

## Why is thunder after lightning?

Thunder is caused by the rapid expansion of the air surrounding the path of a lightning bolt. … As lightning connects to the ground from the clouds a second stroke of lightning will return from the ground to the clouds following the same channel as the first strike.

## How do you know if lightning is about to strike you?

7 Signs That Lightning Is About to Strike

1. You See Tall Bright White Clouds. …
2. You Can Hear the Thunder Approaching. …
3. You See Your Hair Standing on End or Feel Tingling. …
4. You Taste Something Metallic. …
5. You Smell the Scent of Ozone in the Air. …
6. You Start to Get Dizzy or Sweat. …
7. You Can Hear Vibrating Buzzing or Crackling.

## Why do we hear thunder a few seconds after lightning?

Immediately after the flash the air cools and contracts quickly. This rapid expansion and contraction creates the sound wave that we hear as thunder. … Since you see lightning immediately and it takes the sound of thunder about 5 seconds to travel a mile you can calculate the distance between you and the lightning.

## Can lightning strike a phone?

Lightning can follow the wire to the handset and can injure the person using a landline. … If someone is struck by lightning and they have a cell phone on them it will usually melt or burn. People have taken that and blamed the cell phone Jensenius said but in reality it is unrelated.

## Which is first thunder or lightning?

If we are watching the sky we see the lightning before we hear the thunder. That is because light travels much faster than sound waves. … It takes approximately 5 seconds for the sound to travel 1 mile. If the thunder follows the lightning almost instantly you know the lightning is too close for comfort!

## Can there be thunder without lightning?

No it is not possible to have thunder without lightning. Thunder starts as a shockwave from the explosively expanding lightning channel when a large current causes rapid heating. However it is possible that you might see lightning and not hear the thunder because it was too far away. … Thunder is caused by lightning. See also how are anticyclones formed?

## Does counting seconds after lightning work?

A general rule of thumb to know how far off a bolt of lightning is when you hear thunder if you count the number of seconds between the flash of lightning and the sound of thunder and then divide by 5 you’ll get the distance in miles to the lightning: 5 seconds = 1 mile 15 seconds = 3 miles 0 seconds = very close.

## Does WIFI attract lightning?

Wi-Fi and cellphone internet signals do not attract lightning since they are not technically solid objects but waveform frequencies in the EMF spectrum. The cellphone towers over which mobile internet data is sent can sometimes attract lightning but there is no danger to humans in using Wi-Fi during storms.

## Is it safe to sleep near a window during a thunderstorm?

There is not an increased chance of getting hit by lightning if you are near a window. The reason you are supposed to stay away from windows is because the glass could shatter and send pieces flying in all directions. A lightning bolt would explode the glass window before it would travel through the glass.

## Why do I hear thunder but no rain?

Dry thunderstorm refers to thunder and lightning that occur without bringing rain to the ground. In fact the thunder-bearing clouds do produce rain but the rain droplets have evaporated in the air before reaching the ground. … The anvil cloud is so high that rain coming from it evaporates before reaching the ground.

## Where is the safest place in a thunderstorm?

A car or other enclosed metal structure is the safest place to be in a thunderstorm. Failing that a ditch trench or group of shrubs of uniform height is better than nothing. Keep away from boundary areas between dissimilar terrain (water and land rock and earth trees and fields).

## Can lightning strike the same place twice?

Myth: Lightning never strikes in one place twice. Fact: Actually lightning can and often does strike the same place repeatedly — especially if it’s a tall and isolated object. For example the Empire State Building is hit about 25 times per year . 5.

## How powerful is a lightning bolt?

A typical lightning flash is about 300 million Volts and about 30 000 Amps. In comparison household current is 120 Volts and 15 Amps.

## Can lightning strike a house?

Stay indoors and avoid travel if possible. … This is because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing and metal pipes.

## What causes lightning to strike a person?

Most indoor lightning casualties and some outdoor casualties are due to conduction. Whether inside or outside anyone in contact with anything connected to metal wires plumbing or metal surfaces that extend outside is at risk.

## What attracts lightning to a person?

Myth: Structures with metal or metal on the body (jewelry cell phones Mp3 players watches etc) attract lightning. Fact: Height pointy shape and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes.

## Why Do We See Lightning Before Thunder?

If we are watching the sky we see the lightning before we hear the thunder. That is because light travels much faster than sound waves. We can estimate the distance of the lightning by counting how many seconds it takes until we hear the thunder. It takes approximately 5 seconds for the sound to travel 1 mile.

Lightning is an electrical discharge caused by imbalances between storm clouds and the ground or within the clouds themselves. Most lightning occurs within the clouds. … This heat causes surrounding air to rapidly expand and vibrate which creates the pealing thunder we hear a short time after seeing a lightning flash.

## What is the 30 30 rule for lightning?

Don’t forget the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30 go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

## Is lightning Super Sonic?

Yes! Lightning heats the air and causes shock waves. These in turn cause sonic booms—but you probably know them better as thunder! … For example if you count ten seconds between the lightning and the thunder the lightning is about 2 miles away.

## Can thunder be hear before you see lightning?

Thunder and lightning all occur due to the release of energy – thunder is a soundwave and lightning is the emission of electromagnetic energy. The reason we see a flash of lightning before hearing thunder is because light travels faster than sound.

## Can you smell lightning?

Even if there’s barely any lightning there are still trace amounts of lightning-produced ozone and nitrogen dioxide in the air scattered about the storm. When the gust front of a storm carries it out ahead of the rain you can smell it before it’s “scavenged” to the ground. … You may just be smelling lightning. See also the color that we see when looking at a pigmented object is ______.

## Can lightning break the sound barrier?

The channel heats to about 30 000 degrees Fahrenheit!. The rapid expansion of the heated air around the channel breaks the sound barrier and you hear thunder. One lightning stoke can generate between 100 million and 1 billion volts of electricity!

## Can thunder hurt you?

What is there to be scared of? Most storms are harmless even soothing to some and nurturing to plants and wildlife. Thunder can’t hurt us of course but lightning strikes can be deadly. … Still lightning strikes are deadly which is why you should go indoors when you hear thunder.

## Why do trees get hit by lightning?

Because lightning tends to hit tall objects trees are likely targets. They’re especially prone to lightning strikes because electricity seeks the path of least resistance and the sap and moisture inside a tree make it a better conductor than the surrounding air.