Thunder usually accompanies lightning. The sound of thunder, can be heard at a distance, or nearby. Its sound can be frightening and deafening. Most people, don’t really know much about thunder. Here are the real facts about thunder below:
Fun Fact #1: The intense heat from lightning, causes the surrounding air to rapidly expand. This creates a sonic wave that you hear as thunder.
Fun Fact #2: Thousands of years ago, philosophers believed that thunder was caused by the collision of clouds.
Fun Fact #3: The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes. Nearly 1,800 thunderstorms, are happening at any moment around the world. That is 16 million a year.
Fun Fact #4: Thunderstorms mainly occur in the spring and summer months. However, they can occur year-round and at any time. Thunder and lightning can sometimes even come with a snowstorm.
Fun Fact #5: When lightning strikes, it makes a hole in the air called a channel. After the lightning is gone, the hole collapses. The sound you hear when the hole collapses is thunder.
Fun Fact #6: To judge how close lightning is, count the seconds between the flash and the thunderclap. Each second represents about 300 meters.
Fun Fact #7: Thunder is not only heard during thunderstorms. It can even be heard, when it is snowing.
Fun Fact #8: Thunder is the noise caused by lightning in a thunderstorm. The release of heat energy, results in audible shock waves in the air.
Fun Fact #9: A typical thunderstorm is about 15 miles in radius and lasts for approximately 30 minutes. Lightning from a thunderstorm, can be as far as 10 miles away outside its radius.
Fun Fact #10: Thunderstorms cause 95 – 100 deaths, and more than 100 injuries, every year, around the world.
Fun Fact #11: In the United States, the costliest thunderstorm ever, caused damage worth $625 million. It affected Denver in Colorado on 11th July, 1990.
Fun Fact #12: Thunder was supposedly created by the rolling wheels of his chariot. This was drawn by two goats called Toothgnasher and Toothgrinder.
Fun Fact #13: Thunderclaps register at approximately 120 decibels. Three minutes of exposure can cause damage to the inner-ear. This can cause permanent noise-induced hearing loss.
Fun Fact #14: In August 1771, a Scottish laborer who had been deaf for 20 years, was said to be cured when he was struck by lightning.
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