firefly5 the verse
04/09/16 8:12 pm
Lightning is the static discharge resulting in the creation of a highly ionized streak of air (plasma). Thunder is the sonic boom resulting from the ionized air breaking the sound barrier. So they're separate things, but very much causally linked.
celloVirtuoso buried in sheet music
04/09/16 6:56 pm
An electrical discharge releases energy that makes a light and causes sound. No, they're not interchangeably exactly the same, but they're both different aspects of the same thing—the lightning is what is seen, and the thunder is what is heard. Like when something explodes—there's light and fire (visual) as well as a boom (audible), and while they're not identical, they're still both part of the explosion.
Another example is when someone hits a drum. You see the impact of the drumstick on the drum and the vibration of the drum, and you hear the pitch of the drum. It's all still a beat of the drum.
Crawdaddy11 Proud Wolverine
04/09/16 5:46 pm
Ok all you pretend scientist wanna be scientists I'm waiting for your really long sciencey explanations (which I won't read) displaying your massive brainpower please enlighten us all
04/09/16 6:51 pm
Without lightning there cannot be thunder. And whether you hear it or not every lightning strike produces thunder. They can only exist together. For this reason I would consider then to be aspects of the same thing.
KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
04/09/16 6:51 pm
I see and hear a movie but the audio and visual are essentially the same thing - the movie. I can turn away or mute it but the other is still there, I'm just not experiencing it.
04/10/16 7:52 am
I know intellectually they are just different aspects of the same thing...when I stop and think about it, but as it is occurring I think of them separately...most of the time.
04/09/16 8:20 pm
Would lightning in a vacuum be accompanied by thunder?🤔 I think not so I would have to say separate. But my first inclination was the same because they are both a result of one electrical discharge experienced through different mediums.
04/10/16 5:12 am
Do you hear the thunder oh can you see the Lightning? We have angered God and now the heavens are all fighting. That's the only conceivable reason for this storm - we must make amends and sacrifice all our first born.
04/09/16 5:56 pm
Technically speaking, they are two things. The Lightning itself has no sound. What creates thunder is the immense power of a lightning bolt literally exploding the space around them, causing the air itself to explode; thus making thunder
dudley northern Virginia woods
04/09/16 9:08 pm
I think so too. We see lightning first because light travels faster than sound, roughly a mile a second. So after the lightning is sighted, say one thousand one, one thousand two etc. and when you hear the thunder, that's how far away it is. Do it again for next lightning and you will know if it's getting closer or further away.
Zod Above Pugetropolis
04/09/16 6:21 pm
One is an electrical discharge, the other is sound. They are most certainly not the same; the thunder is caused by the lightning, never the other way around.
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