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Thunderstorm

Science brain teasers require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.

 

Puzzle ID:#2831
Fun:*** (2.26)
Difficulty:* (0.92)
Category:Science
Submitted By:204_BlaZe_41****

 

 

 



Without the aid of anyone or anything, how is it possible to tell how far away a thunderstorm is, from where you stand?


Answer

Light travels at 186,000 miles per second and sound travels about one mile every five seconds. Since the thunder is the product of lightning, when you see the lightning you should begin to count until you hear the thunder. In this way you are able to tell how far the thunder has travelled. Example: If you see lightning and are able to count to ten before you hear the thunder, you know that the storm is about two miles away.
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