I live in southeast Iowa and I've noticed some really loud thunder lately. But last night had to be the loudest by far! I'm 50 years old and it's
the loudest I ever remember. My wife and I both bolted a foot out of bed. I wonder if this is related to some kind of climate change. Has anyone else
Well thunder is the byproduct of lightning, so my guess would be that you had a lightning strike near your location. It's not uncommon to have that
type of experience when it's close to you.
Now with that in mind if you're thinking the sound of thunder is getting louder in general that could be in relation to atmospheric phenomenon that
causes more intense lightning and thus a louder sound, I'm not sure. I wonder if there is a lightning expert who can let us know if the sound is
always constant or if it varies from the intensity of the strike.
The volume of thunder isnt related to climate change. The closer you are to a lightning strike, the louder the thunder will be. Having just spent
three years in the Australian tropics, Im no stranger to thunder, and the amount of storms we get there during summer is phenomenal. So yes, thunder
can get extremely loud if you're in close proximity, and no, it isnt unusual
Thanks for the replies. It makes sense thunder is louder closer to lightning, but by some coincidence I'm closer to lightning more often lately. I
share the experience with some of you that it seems to be getting louder in general lately. Maybe I'm just becoming more of a wimp in my older age.
It is interesting that some have noted there are other similiar threads.
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