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Why is there thunder when it's hot?
Last Updated: 19th February, 2020
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Just so, why does it thunder when it's hot?
Thunderstorms develop when the air is unstable,which is caused when there is a layer of warm air near theground hovering underneath a layer of much colder air. Storms aremore common in the summer when the days are longer, as there ismore sunshine and therefore more energy.
Subsequently, question is, what temperature do thunderstorms form? As a general rule, the surface dewpoint needs to be 55degrees Fahrenheit or greater for a surface basedthunderstorm to occur.
Similarly one may ask, can Heat Lightning hurt you?
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory,lightning has been documented to travel up to 25 miles, butmore commonly strikes up to 10-15 miles away. For this reason, whatis thought of as heat lightning probably won't hurtyou, but storms move of course, so stay alert.
What is the reason behind thunder and lightning?
Thunder is caused by lightning,which is essentially a stream of electrons flowing between orwithin clouds, or between a cloud and the ground. The airsurrounding the electron stream is heated to as hot as 50,000degrees Farhenheit, which is three times hotter than the surfaceof the sun.