14 years ago
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Is thunder & lighting the same thing?

Is thunder & lighting the same thing?
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14 years ago
Anonymous
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No Lightning - Hot plasma Thunder- Sound of air filling the vacuum caused by the hot plasma
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6 years ago
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Actually....thunder and lightening are not the same thing. Thunder is not the "sound effect" one hears from the flash of lightening. This is a common misconception. Lightning is the discharge of static electricity that builds up in cumulonimbus clouds. According to the National Weather Center, “When the difference between negative and positive charges becomes sufficiently strong, the normal insulating qualities of the air break down and a lightning bolt strikes.” As the electricity moves through the air, it superheats the gases in the air. Meteorologists define thunder as a “loud noise that occurs when atmospheric gases are suddenly heated by a discharge of lightning…thunder is made up of a series of sound vibrations caused by lightning strikes.” So you see, thunder is the result of lightening, not the same as lightening.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
Thunder is the sound lighting makes.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
no thunder is the noise and lightening is the light
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14 years ago
The Woman With You
Noooo thunder is the sound from lightning hitting the ground. Lightning comes first, then thunder.
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14 years ago
slim
no, lightning happens and the thunder is the force of the air coming back together like hands clapping.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
In simple terms that a 4 year old kid can understand: Thunder: The noises Lighting: The yellow Z you see in the sky
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14 years ago
Anonymous
Seriously? Thunder is what you hear and lightning is what you see.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
no... <3.
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14 years ago
Raz9Caz
Yes its the same...just like peanut butter and jelly are the same thing.
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