How Far Away Is Lightning Weather Science Experiment
In this fun and easy weather science experiment for kids, we’re going to learn how to determine how far away is lightning.
- A thunderstorm
- During the next thunderstorm, wait in a safe indoor location for a flash of lightning.
- Once you see the flash of lightning, begin counting in seconds until your hear the sound of thunder.
- Every five seconds between the lightning flash and the thunder equates to you being roughly one mile away from the lightning.
- For instance, a ten second count would mean you are about two miles away from the lightning.
How it Works:
Light travels much faster than sound. This is why you will see the lightning flash before you hear the thunder.