What does it mean when thunder is really loud?

A big noise
Why is thunder so loud? It's because the amount of electrical energy that flows from the cloud to the ground is so enormous: it's like a very big waterfall of electricity. The louder the sound that you hear, the closer you are to the lightning. Light travels through air much faster than sound.


What does it mean when thunder is loud and long?

The trapping of the sound waves can allow the sound waves to bounce back and forth. This can also contribute to a louder boom and it can make the thunderous sound last longer too. These louder, elevated thunderstorms are most common in the winter as storms develop in warm air above a cooler air mass.

What does it mean when thunder is really loud and shakes your house?

Your house will shake depending the closeness of the lightning. Thunder is a sonic boom that comes from the rapid heating of the air around a lightning strike. Sonic booms cause massive shaking to nearby objects (your house). This will happen if the lightning is very close.


Can loud thunder hurt you?

The shock wave and thunder (at very close range to the lightning bolt) can cause property damage, but no injuries have been reported. Windows have been shattered by the concussion of thunder, and nail-supported drywall has popped away from wood studs in houses.

What does it mean when thunder sounds like a bomb?

What sounded like an explosion, this rare weather phenomenon is actually caused when the air close to the ground is warm enough to cause a thunderstorm, while the cold air above produces snow. Could've sworn a bomb just went off, was parked up in bed in my flat when the clap sent me spinning.


Why Doesn't All Thunder Sound The Same?



What was the loudest thunder ever recorded?

The Krakatoa volcanic eruption: Not only did it cause serious damage to the island, the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 created the loudest sound ever reported at 180 dB.

Can I walk my dog in thunder?

"Walking in high winds and rain can be stressful, especially with unpredictable conditions heading our way. We advise not walking your dog in thunderstorms, as the lightning and heavy rain is more likely to spook your pet," a spokesperson for the Kennel Store told The Yorkshire Post.

What should you not 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.

Is it safe to shower during a thunderstorm?

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.


Can thunder cause a house to collapse?

Depending on their intensity and proximity, however, the shock waves we call thunder can be extremely destructive, causing structural degradation and cracking in concrete, brick, cinderblock, and stone.

Can loud thunder break windows?

A clap of thunder typically registers 120 decibels close to a lightning strike, ten times louder than a pneumatic drill. The shockwave has been known to break glass.

Should I unplug stuff during a storm?

According to the Department of Homeland Security, you should unplug all of your appliances. This is because lightning striking near a local electric pole can cause a surge of electricity to burst through the power lines.

Why is the thunder not stopping?

A constant rumbling could be related to the lightning size and distance. If a lighting bolt is longer in distance, more air has to be displaced and thus more thunder that may reach your ears from slightly more directions.


What damage can thunder cause?

A downburst can easily overturn a mobile home, tear roofs off houses and topple trees. Severe thunderstorms can produce hail the size of a quarter (1 inch) or larger. Quarter- size hail can cause significant damage to cars, roofs, and can break windows. Softball- size hail can fall at speeds faster than 100 mph.

Can I poop during a thunderstorm?

DO NOT POOP During A Thunderstorm. The plumbing company said this is just as rare as getting struck by lightning yourself. Do not shower, bathe, wash dishes, or wash your hands.

Can I charge my phone during a thunderstorm?

While it is safe to use a cellphone (if it's not plugged into a wall charger, that is) during a thunderstorm, it is not safe to use your landline. Lightning can travel through the phone lines—and if it does, you could be electrocuted.

Has anyone died from showering during thunderstorm?

It's unclear whether or not anyone has ever died from showering during a thunderstorm. That being said, the above estimate that between 10 and 20 people are shocked while using water or appliances every year indicates that there is some risk.


What to do if your hair stands up in a storm?

4. If your hair stands on end, lightning is about to strike you. Drop to your knees and bend forward but don't lie flat on the ground. Wet ground is a good conductor of electricity.

Can mobile phone attract lightning?

“People are struck because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. The wrong place is anywhere outside. The wrong time is anytime a thunderstorm is nearby.” The concern that mobile phones attract lightning was first raised a number of years ago in an internet hoax and is now a recognised urban myth.

Does WIFI attract lightning?

Your body is much, much larger than that, and isn't very conductive, to boot, so any electromagnetic waves that get sent out when the lightning is coursing through the antennas and destroying the sensitive electronics in your Wifi hotspot wouldn't affect you.

Why do dogs hide in the bathroom during thunderstorms?

Many clients tell me their dogs hide behind the toilet or in the bath tub during storms. Dr. Dodman, a renowned behaviorist theorizes that the metal pipes in the bathroom act as an electrical grounding device. By grounding himself to the earth, some static electrical charge is released and the dog feels calmer.


Do cats get afraid of thunder?

Cats go crazy during storms because the rushing winds make them very anxious. Thunderclaps, pelting rain, and flashes of lightning may make our cats nervous. A cat's fear of loud noises, particularly thunder, is widespread.

Do cats get struck by lightning?

Statistics for lightning strike in pets is virtually non-existent. But often their exposure and inability to find protection can be more limited.

How do you know if a thunderstorm is severe?

A thunderstorm is classified as “severe” when it contains one or more of the following: hail one inch or greater, winds gusting in excess of 50 knots (57.5 mph), or a tornado.

How loud can thunder get?

A clap of thunder typically registers at about 120 dB in close proximity to the ground stroke. This is 10 times louder than a garbage truck or pneumatic jackhammer drill. By comparison, sitting in front of speakers at a rock concert can expose you to a continuous 120+ dB level.
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