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Aug 22

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Thunder and Lightning

This summer the Pocono Mountains offered some exceedingly hot and intensely humid weather for an unusually extended stretch of days – turning into about 4 full weeks. Last night, that heat wave broke and night sleeping was, once again, a pleasant rest instead of a torturous, sweaty and fatiguing experience. During this period of tropical doldrums, I noticed a peculiar series of frequent high altitude thunder storms in the night sky. Sometimes these storms would include a torrential downpour, but more often they would just rumble with lightning and the accompanying thunder that was unusually rapid in succession. These storms would carry on for 20 minutes to an hour and a half. None of this atmospheric tumult produced a drop in humidity or reduction in temperature…it just stayed hot all night and hotter in the day after day after day. I don’t suffer the heat well and with oppressive levels of humidity it’s just worse.

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Some basic information about Lightning and about Thunder . More important to know how to be safe in a lightening storm where ever you are read here and here.

You can learn how to calculate (approximately) the distance between you and a strike of lightning if you follow this link..

More about lightning strikes and mathematics.

Another link with facts about lightning and this one too.

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Thunder and lightning in mythology from the Ancients of many cultures is an interesting topic to explore. The Greeks had Zeus. god of the sky. In China Lei Gong was known as the “lord of thunder” and his wife, Lei Zi “goddess of lightning. In Norse of northern Europe there was Thor and his hammer. In Hinduism, Indra was their deity for those celestial outbursts.

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