Technical information from Easy Science for Kids
Lightning happens when ice and water particles bump around inside thunder clouds. As they bump into each other, they create electrical charge. When the charge connects with the electrical charges from the ground, the lightning strikes.
Maria: What happens to me is a phenomenon I have learned to dance with, as I interact with thunder and lighting. Simply put, I was struck by lightning in 2004 on Baker Butte in Arizona during a womyn's moon quest. Our continuing relationship has carried me through unbelievable physical pain and emotional turmoil, often challenging the very nature of life itself.
Now-a-days when a storm approaches, my temperature drops. Snipets of thoughts, overlapping visions and momentary aimlessness forms and time implodes as a quickening.
Thunderstorms can happen at any time of the year, but in San Diego they happen most between May and August, but with shifting weather patterns, can hit almost any time a year.
Maria: A buzz is created within my nervous system as clouds begin to appear. The plates in my head expand, as fluid gathers to protect my brain… where I was initially struck, while my body becomes heavy. The electrical charge of the storm completes a circuit with my physical form. As the frequency increases, or shoots forward abruptly, I cannot stop from experiencing… white lightning brain… klo'hada.
When lightning strikes it makes a hole in the air called a channel. After the lightning is gone, the hole collapses. The sound you hear when the hole collapses is thunder.
Maria: The result of a storm on my body once the storm finally breaks and rain begins… is exhaustion. My temperature is up 6x that of my core, which is simultaneously freezing. The circuit that had expanded, now contracts, disengages, leaving in it's wake a cornucopia of vision, ahas, and some physical discomfort. Nothing like before though!
You can hear thunder up to 15 miles away. You can see lightning up to 100 miles away?
Maria: People who are struck by lightning are likely candidates to have it happen again. Our neighbors check in on us cause our street's been struck 3 times in 3 years… since we moved in.
Can you tell how far away a storm is?
When you hear thunder, start counting seconds until you see lightning. Now divide that number by 5. That's how many miles away the storm is.
Maria: We often find my students counting!
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