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Guest Essay

How to Interpret the Language of Thunder and Lightning
By: JJ Murphy
When it's so oppressively hot that even the insects don't move and you might feel a breeze only if you're lucky enough to be near water, the conditions are ripe for a thunderstorm.

If the weather changes suddenly and you have to get to shelter, would you be able to figure out how much time you'd have?

Here are a few helpful hints.

If you see lightning try to notice the color. White light is generally an indicator that the storm is headed your way. Yellow or reddish orange light indicates dust-filled air, which sometimes protects you from the oncoming storms.

With lightning, my rule is if I can see it, I get to shelter ASAP.

Lightning is necessarily followed by thunder. You can see lightning from a greater distance than you can hear thunder. So if you don't hear thunder, it means the storm is more than 10 miles away from you.

If you hear thunder, how many seconds are there between the lightning and the time you hear thunder? Divide the number of seconds by five to get the distance of the storm in miles.

Light travels faster than sound, so if you can hear thunder, the storm is likely within 10 miles.

Article Source : JJ Murphy is a freelance writer who helps companies, small businesses and individuals to express their awareness and dedication to developing sustainable technology and to preserve our natural resources. She writes articles for natural magazines, hiking publications, simple living publications in print and online. She also creates curricula to help public schools home schooling groups, private schools, wilderness camps, adult learning groups, and continuing education programs stretch and expand their studentsí knowledge.

She holds a Master of Arts degree from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and a B.A. degree in English and Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. Her client list includes writers, business consultants, motivational speakers, psychologists, financial planners, educators, and politicians.

Visit her website, for articles, wild food recipes and for more information, including JJ's favorite places for gear and supplies.

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