Lightning and Thunder

By Lilly and Evan

Here are some facts about thunder and lightning.

  • The air around a lightning strike is 54,000 degrees F, which is five times hotter than the surface of the sun.
  • A lightning bolt can reach 200 million volts.
  • Super cells are the largest and longest lasting thunderstorms.
  • Thunder is caused by rapidly expanding gases.
  • How loud and what type of sound you hear depends on the atmospheric conditions.
  • 95% of lightning is negative lightning, which is less powerful than positive lightning. Positive lightning is billions of volts.
  • Brontophobia is the fear of thunder.
  • Lightning is a giant spark caused by a buildup of static charges.

Where it happens

Lightning happens wherever there are storms strong enough to build an electric discharge.

Thunder happens

Here is some pictures of thunder and lightning.

Defintions of thunder and lightning.

Lightning: "Lightning is a sudden electric static discharge during an electric storm between electrically charged regions of a cloud."

Thunder: Thunder is the sound caused by lightning.