Severe Weather Awareness Week: How is lighting/thunder produced?

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) – Lightning happens in all thunderstorms, severe or not.

It is caused when positively charged particles form at the top of the cloud and negatively charged particles sink to the bottom.

Once these two chargers interact, they create a spark, also known as lightning.

There is no safe place to be outdoors when a storm is nearby. Lightning causes between 30 to 60 fatalities a year.

One thing you will hear from your local meteorologist a lot with storms in the forecast: when thunder roars head indoors.

Thunder is caused by the rapid heating then cooling of the air near a lightning strike, this shock wave we hear as a rumble of thunder – that means when you hear thunder you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

Make sure to wait 30 minutes after the storms to resume any outdoor activates.


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