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What is the loudest thunder ever recorded (dB) at ground level and where did it occur?

Sound travels fastest through warm air and conditions such as temperature inversions can help to amplify the sound of thunder (source). Conversely, during a thundersnow event the falling, and ...
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Energy Released From Thunderstorms

I'm a flight instructor looking for a better way to drive home the dangers related to flying in and around thunderstorms (TS). The FAA has mountains of operational guidance for airmen regarding TS ...
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Photo of sprites in a clear dark sky, how is this possible?

above x2: Photos by David Finlay, from here. The BBC news article Rare 'sprites' photographed beside Southern Lights shows photographs by the Australian photographer David Finlay. They are remarkably ...
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Are there places with rain and snow but no lightning and thunder?

I've been in Ukraine (Kiev) in the winter, and this winter was snowy and rainy but still I've never seen or listened there neither lightning nor thunders. What is the explanation for that? I thought ...
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Why do nearby thunderstorms move in different directions?

The image below from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology shows several thunderstorms in southeast Queensland today and the directions they are expected to move. I'm surprised how different these ...
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Peak season for Thunderstorms

What causes different locations to get their peak season for thunderstorms at different times of the year like some locations get the most thunderstorms in a July some in June and some in August and ...
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Conditions of Thunderstorms

Why do some heavy rainstorms and hailstorms not produce any lightning or thunder at all when I thought that these conditions of heavy rain and hail are right to bring lightning and thunder but don’t ...
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Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains

Why is it that in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains that in October, thunderstorms stop happening and why is it that there were thunderstorms in the forecast a few times this October and today ...
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Average # of days with thunderstorms

What is the average number of days with thunderstorms for each month in Waynesville, North Carolina
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How do thunderstorms generate ionospheric potential?

In all the explanations of how global electric circuit on Earth works, I've always encountered statements like "thunderstorms generate ionospheric potential" (which is about 250 kV). E.g. here: https:...