Science 101: What Causes Lightning and Thunder?by: William C. Robertson, Ph.D.

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The mechanism that leads to lightning is complicated and not well understood. That it's not well understood isn't surprising, as this is often the case when going from scientific models to the real world. Even so, we can paint a reasonable picture of what happens if we understand a few basics about static electricity. This articles helps to shed light on what causes lightening and thunder.

Grades
  • Elementary
  • Middle
Publication Date
7/1/2006

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  • on Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:43 PM

From static electricity to charge building, one learns about ionization. From ionization the reader learns that there is a great deal of forces between differently charged objects. Lighting is a way to release that force and allow things to go back to a neutral less energized state. The article also includes the answers to some commonly asked questions about lightning and the sounds it can produce. This is an important article to read not only about weather but about nature and electrical charges.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)


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