posted on Sep, 11 2013 @ 10:02 PM
reply to post by AeonStorm
1) It's night.
2) There is not really a whole lot of information on how far away those storms are (except he does say that there is a tornado 30 miles away).
3) Because it is night, a lightning strike can light up things for many tens of miles away because of how bright it is, and how much light clouds will
4) If it's multiple cells of storms, there will be a lot of lighting strikes. He's panning back and forth like it's a front that has many
thunderstorm cells in it on the horizon.
5) If it's on the horizon, then you will be able to see a dazzling display of lightning in all those cells. But you will NOT hear the thunder for a
very simple reason:
It's too far away.
In the many years I was in the US Navy, I could go out at night while at sea, and see this type of display, and yet not hear any thunder, simply
because the storms were just too far away for the sound to travel.
The tops of thunder heads can reach over 50,000 feet in height, and lighting will happen in them at that height. Because they are so tall you can
actually see the tops of those storms from many miles away, more miles than the thunder can reach you.