Thunderbolts and Lightning

SCIENCE Everyone knows what lightning sounds like: thunder. Now, for the first time, scientists have turned a thunderclap into an image. (Nature) Thunderbolts and lightning, very very enlightening . . . Learn more with our encyclopedic entry. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. The video shows the lightning, the image below shows the thunder. Discussion Ideas Scientists recently … Continue reading Thunderbolts and Lightning

Light up the sky with “thundersnow”


2010-12-27_0000091.JPGI am a small-town girl (and when I say small I mean tiny, as in where my parents live there are 99 people living within the city limits), so I expected to have all sorts of new experiences while living in the thriving metropolis of our nation’s capitol.  Since I was born and raised smack-dab in the middle of the Great Plains, I am accustomed to some pretty extreme weather conditions, but yesterday I experienced the phenomenon known as “thundersnow” for the first time ever. We have blizzards in the Midwest, and we have thunderstorms, but never before had I encountered a time when snow was cascading down out of the sky while lightning bolts were lighting up the heavens ever few minutes.


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