Learning Lesson: Determining distance to a Thunderstorm

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Cloud to ground and cloud to cloud lightning

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)


Thunder is the result of the rapid expansion of super heated air caused by the extremely high temperature of lightning. Through a series of examples, the student will be able to determine the distance to a lightning strike.

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