I had a great time giving a weather presentation to 195 second graders this morning! They learned all about how lightning and thunder forms and weather safety. We had fun with static electricity, doing the "lightning crouch" and pretending to be thunder and lightning in order to figure out how far away a storm is. After you see lightning, count the next time and if you get to 5 seconds then the storm is 1 mile away. If you count to 15 seconds then the storm is 3 miles away.
The math equation: 5 seconds = 1 mile
Light travels faster than sound and that's why we see lightning first. Lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun and it heats up the air which creates a sound wave. The sound waves that reaches our ear is called thunder. When you see lightning but never hear thunder, that means the storm is so far away that you can't hear it.
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Thanks again Hayden Primary School for having me present for the second year in a row!
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist