Thunder Facts for Kids – 5 Cool Facts about Thunder

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

It is nice to have a walk on rainy days! But is it safe to walk during thunderstorms? Let’s learn five cool thunder facts for kids.

Thunder Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: The Sound of The Lightning Bolt

Thunder and lightning are always seen together but a little bit apart but thunder is actually the sound of the lightning bolt travelling through the air. The lightning bolt is hot and expands the air around it which makes a rumbling sound which is the thunder.

Light travels faster than sound so we see the lightning before we hear the thunder even though they happen at the same time.

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Thunder Facts for Kids: Thunder and lightning photo

Thunder Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Zeus

Mythologies from all over the world have gods of certain things which are responsible for natural events or prayed to so they can make things happen. Lots of mythologies have gods of the weather or storms. Set, the Egyptian god was the god of storm. In Greek mythology Zeus is the king of the gods and he is god of the sky and thunder. He would control the weather and throw lightning bolts at people who angered him.

In Viking mythology Thor is the god of thunder, he could fly using his magical hammer, and would conduct lightning through it to strike down his enemies. Vikings who faced bad storms on the sea while travelling would pray to Thor for their safety.

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Thunder Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Aristotle

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher who wrote about how thunder worked and proposed a theory that was believed for thousands of years.

 He believed that clouds let out air which then bumped into other clouds causing the loud noise of thunder. He believed that the air was so hot leaving the cloud that it would catch fire and that was what lightning was.

We now know that lightning is electricity not fire but it is an interesting theory!

Thunder Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: There Are Around 16 Million Thunderstorms on Earth every Year

Thunderstorms are always happening somewhere around the globe. There are around 2000 thunderstorms happening around the Earth all the time. There are also theories that other planets have thunderstorms too. Scientists have seen flashes of light on other planets through telescopes and they believe that it is a thunderstorm happening.

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Thunder Facts for Kids: Photo of city buildings under thunder storm

Thunder Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: You Can Tell How Far Away The Storm Is by Listening to The Thunder

Do you want to find out how far the thunderstorm is? There’s an easy way to find out! Wait until the thunder happens then count

One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi, until the thunder happens again.

Then take that number and divide it by 5. You can ask a parent to help you with the maths. That’s how many miles away the storm is. Try it out next time there’s a thunderstorm!

Thunder Facts for Kids: Thunder and lightning

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about thunder as much as we loved teaching you about it. Now that you know how majestic the thunders are, you can move on to learn more about our amazing Earth like: Wind, Earthquakes, Tornadoes and Rain.

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