Get your Thunder-Buddy ready!

Wednesday is going to be a very hot day here in New Hampshire with temperatures reaching 90 degrees and according to WMUR, severe thunderstorms are possible.

The thunderstorms could bring damaging winds, hail, and frequent lightning, but not until after 4pm and it all will be gone by 10pm tomorrow night.

The report says that there is a low chance for a weak tornado.

I really love thunderstorms.  I know many people do not, but I love being inside just watching where the storm is coming from and when I see a flash of light, it's so exciting to me!

A few fun facts about thunder from loc.gov:

  • To judge how close lightning is, count the seconds between the flash and the thunderclap. Each second represents about 300m (984.25ft).

  • Thunder is not only heard during thunderstorms. It is uncommon, but not rare, to hear thunder when it is snowing.

  • Lightning does not always create thunder. In April 1885, five lightning bolts struck the Washington Monument during a thunderstorm, yet no thunder was heard.

And from weatherwizkids.com, here's what lightning is:

Lightning is an electric current. Within a thundercloud way up in the sky, many small bits of ice (frozen raindrops) bump into each other as they move around in the air. All of those collisions create an electric charge. After a while, the whole cloud fills up with electrical charges. The positive charges or protons form at the top of the cloud and the negative charges or electrons form at the bottom of the cloud. Since opposites attract, that causes a positive charge to build up on the ground beneath the cloud. The grounds electrical charge concentrates around anything that sticks up, such as mountains, people, or single trees. The charge coming up from these points eventually connects with a charge reaching down from the clouds and - zap - lightning strikes!

 

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