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Last year I was walking to the petrol station to buy some cigarettes, it was early in the morning, you know just before dawn when the sky is lightening up, well as I was walking I saw flashes in the sky, I mean the whole sky, I live in northern England, I was wondering has anyone else seen anything like this ??
Within those remote thunderstorms, when the lightning bolts flash, their light can be seen as far as 160 kilometres (100 miles) distant, depending on the height of the bolt within the cloud, the clarity of the air between us and the bolt, and our elevation above the ground. Thunder, in comparison, has a much shorter range of detection — usually less than 25 km (15 miles) in a quiet rural setting and under 8 km (5 miles) in a noisy city environment.
Therefore, we see the lightning, but do not hear the thunder — a situation we have taken to call heat lightning.