Dreaming of Lightning by Enric Navarrete Bachs
Photo location: Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona, Spain
Camera: SONY A7II FE 24-70mm
On a full moon night, with a storm moving away and one last lightning strike, was what photographer Enric called 'dream lightning'.
Thunderstorms are common on Earth, and it is estimated that a lightning strike hits somewhere on the Earth's surface approximately 44 times every second. Thunderstorms are most common in tropical areas where the weather is hot and humid, with places such as Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela receiving the most lightning strikes.
The rapid expansion and heating of air caused by lightning is what produces the accompanying loud clap of thunder. Since light travels faster than sound, you can tell how far a thunderstorm is away by counting the number of seconds between the flash of lightning and the sound of the thunder that follows. If you divide this number by five, it will tell you how many miles away the storm is from you (or you can divide by three for the distance in kilometres).
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