It’s midnight when the rain begins to fall. Lightning flickers in the distance, and a soft rumble of thunder heralds the approaching storm.
You may recall Ecopsyched!’s Rainstorm nature pod episode. It has received the most listens of any nature pod episode to date. There is something soothing about the rhythm of raindrops.
Since I started recording nature sounds, I’ve been eager to capture the electric sound of thunder. Last month, as I wrapped up a late night of editing, I heard the first hints of a storm. I grabbed my recorder, cracked a window in the dark, and waited. The presentation that unfolded was hypnotic, and it wasn’t long before I was lulled to sleep by the magic storm.
I invite you to rest with me during this Midnight Thunderstorm.
PS: Did you know a snippet of this Midnight Thunderstorm recording is featured in the Ecopsyched! stories episode, The Twisted Old Tree?
Thunderstorms occur in many areas around the world, but there are a number of things you might not know about this weather phenomenon.
- An estimated 16 million thunderstorms occur on Earth every year.
- At any given time, there are about 2,000 thunderstorms in progress.
- In the United States alone, an estimated 100,000 thunderstorms occur each year.
- The average thunderstorm is 15 miles wide and lasts around 30 minutes.
- Lightning forms due to the collision of ice crystals and water droplets within clouds creating positive and negative electric charges, which become separated by convective forces. A lightning bolt dispenses from the cloud when the charges become separated enough.
- Other planets in our solar system also have lightning, including gas giants Jupiter and Saturn. There are also bright flashes in dust storms on Mars, which some scientists believe to be evidence of lightning.
Last Train to Mars by Dan Lebowitz
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