Phillip’s Weather Trivia: Temperature of lighning
How hot is a direct bolt of lightning?
Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 12:55 PM EDT
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Lightning is an electrical discharge which is so powerful is creates a sound wave we call thunder. How hot do you think a direct bolt of lightning is?
Hint: 800 degrees is probably not hot enough to make a sound wave. Make your selection and see below to see if you are correct.
A bolt of lightning is around 30,000 degrees. That is roughly 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun. Lightning expands a narrow strip of air it strikes through causing it to rapidly expand then rapidly contract. This explosion of the narrow strip of air makes the sound of thunder. - Phillip Williams
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