How are lightning and thunder caused?

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How are lightning and thunder caused?

Thunder is caused by lightning. When a lightning bolt travels from the cloud to the ground it actually opens up a little hole in the air, called a channel. Once then light is gone the air collapses back in and creates a sound wave that we hear as thunder.

What causes lightning?

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. Lightning is extremely hot—a flash can heat the air around it to temperatures five times hotter than the sun’s surface.

Can thunder kill you?

Lightning can kill people (3,696 deaths were recorded in the U.S. between 1959 and 2003) or cause cardiac arrest. Injuries range from severe burns and permanent brain damage to memory loss and personality change. About 10 percent of lightning-stroke victims are killed, and 70 percent suffer serious long-term effects.

Why do I hear thunder but see no lightning?

No, it is not possible to have thunder without lightning. However, it is possible that you might see lightning and not hear the thunder because it was too far away. Sometimes this is called “heat lightning” because it occurs most often in the summer.

What are the 4 types of lightning?

Types of Lightning

  • Cloud-to-Ground (CG) Lightning.
  • Negative Cloud-to-Ground Lightning (-CG)
  • Positive Cloud-to-Ground Lightning (+CG)
  • Cloud-to-Air (CA) Lightning.
  • Ground-to-Cloud (GC) Lightning.
  • Intracloud (IC) Lightning.

Is it OK to be in the shower during a thunderstorm?

Is it safe to take a shower or bath during a lightning storm? Lightning can travel through plumbing. It is best to avoid all water during a lightning storm. Do not shower, bathe, wash dishes, or wash your hands.

What shouldn’t you do during a thunderstorm?

Do NOT bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing. Do NOT use your computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet.

Should I use Internet during lightning?

It’s OK to use WiFi while thunder lightening or thunderstorms. It’s the safest use of internet while thunder lightening compared to other wired connection. WiFi access point or router may go bad because of wired internet connection and power supply to it. Users are safe because users are not connected though wires.

Does smartphone attract lightning?

Following worldwide media interest in the letter, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) responded, saying lightning is not attracted to people carrying mobile phones: “People are struck because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Do umbrellas attract lightning?

There is nothing about an umbrella that makes it an “attractor” of lightning. Metal doesn’t necessarily attract lightning but it is certainly a good conductor of it electricity, which means that your location and timing during an electrical storm are key factors to consider.

Is it safe to walk in Thunder?

Thunder and lightning is a potential hazard which should be taken seriously when walking outdoors. Direct lightning strikes are rare. Partial strikes are more common, either through induction from a nearby object or from the ground. Reducing surface contact with the ground or object will reduce the power of the strike.

Can I walk my dog in a thunderstorm?

DO NOT WALK IN THUNDERSTORMS! You can let your dogs out, but don’t go out walking them unless you want to play chicken with Mother Nature.

Has anyone been electrocuted in the shower during a thunderstorm?

It can be dangerous to take a shower or a bath during a thunderstorm. On average, 10-20 people get struck by lightning while bathing, using faucets, or handling an appliance during a storm. Metal plumbing and the water inside are excellent conductors of electricity.

Can you get electrocuted in a hot tub?

You can get electrocuted in a hot tub. If electrical current is sent into the hot tub water as a result of faulty underwater lighting or wiring or ungrounded pumps or filters, then the electrified water can cause the electrical current to enter the bodies of anyone in the hot tub and electrocute them.

Are jetted tubs sanitary?

Are jetted tubs sanitary? They sure are! No water sits in the pipes, so as long as you keep it clean on a regular basis, it’s just as sanitary as any other type of tub.

Is it safe to go in a hot tub in the rain?

Yes, you can. It is good in both rain and snow because your body is warm even though your head may feel cold.

Is it safe to use a hot tub in the rain?

You can absolutely use a hot tub in the rain and a minimal amount of rainwater in your hot tub will not have a significantly negative impact on the pH in your hot tub. Do not, however, ever use a hot tub during a thunderstorm due to the dangers of electric shock.

What happens if I pee in my hot tub?

Urine contains a nitrogen compound called urea. When urea is combined with chlorine, it breaks it down into a by-product called chloramine. Chloramine is harmful if it contacts the skin, via the hot tub water, or if it is inhaled, via the steam from the hot tub.

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