# Question: How Fast Is A Lightning Bolt?

## Is it bad to run in thunderstorms?

Absolutely don’t go running (or do anything outside) in a thunderstorm.

More people die every year of lightning strikes than are injured in tornadoes.

Also, a lot of people don’t know that lightning can strike miles away from a storm (even if there’s blue sky overhead).

If you can hear thunder, get inside..

## Who comes first thunder or lightning?

If we are watching the sky, we see the lightning before we hear the thunder. That is because light travels much faster than sound waves. We can estimate the distance of the lightning by counting how many seconds it takes until we hear the thunder.

## How does it feel when you get struck by lightning?

A jolting, excruciating pain. “My whole body was just stopped—I couldn’t move any more,” Justin recalls. “The pain was … I can’t explain the pain except to say if you’ve ever put your finger in a light socket as a kid, multiply that feeling by a gazillion throughout your entire body.

## How fast is a thunder?

about 340 meters per secondThunder travels at the speed of sound and has a value of about 340 meters per second. The speed of sound in air at sea level moves about 1 mile every 5 seconds. Thus, when you see the lightning count the seconds and divide by 5 to get the approximate distance that the sound of thunder originates from.

## What is the fastest thing in the universe?

A sequence of radio observations shows a plasma blob moving away from a blazar’s core (right) over about 8.4 months. SAN DIEGO — If you’re light, it’s fairly easy to travel at your own speed — that is to say 186,282 miles per second or 299,800 kilometers per second.

## What is hotter lightning or lava?

Lightning because lightning is 70,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Lava is just 2,240 degrees Fahrenheit. So lightning is hotter than lava.

## Is lightning as fast as the speed of light?

Its can depend on air conditions, but the typical lightning bolt moves at 224,000 mph — or about 3,700 miles per second. However, the light you see from the lightning obviously travels at the speed of light, which is roughly 670 million mph, or 186,000 miles per second. Originally Answered: How fast is lightning?

## What is the 30 30 rule for lightning?

Use the 30/30 rule! Go indoors if you see lightning and can’t count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay inside for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

## Whats faster lightning or sound?

Each stroke of lightening produces a bolt of light and a clap of sound. The light goes at the speed of light, 186000 miles per second, and the sound travels at the speed of sound in air, 1125 feet per second or roughly 5 seconds per mile of distance. … Because lightning is light and light far far faster than sound.

## Can lightning hit you on a bike?

Yes, cyclists, along with anyone outdoors during a thunderstorm, can – and do – get struck by lightning. Most lightning deaths and injuries in the United States occur during the summer months when outdoor activities and thunderstorms reach their peak.

## Is lightning hotter than the sun?

Air is a very poor conductor of electricity and gets extremely hot when lightning passes through it. … In fact, lightning can heat the air it passes through to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5 times hotter than the surface of the sun).

## What’s the hottest thing in the universe?

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider produced a temperature of over 5 trillion Kelvin in 2012 when they smashed together heavy ions traveling a fractionally below the speed of light. This is the hottest measured temperature that we know of.

## Is it safe to cycle in lightning?

But being out on the bike is less dangerous than walking. Because you can more easily seek shelter. … Riding a bicycle during a lightning storm is exactly as dangerous as standing or walking in a storm, no more and no less. And neither rubber tires nor your head being a little higher on a bike affect the risk at all.

## Can you outrun lightning?

But you can’t outrun lightning. “The initial part of the lightning bolt, the steps leader, comes down from the cloud at about 300,000 miles an hour,” said Jensenius.