How can I tell how far a rainstorm is??? Without looking at a radar?

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  • Max
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    1 decade ago
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    Step 1:

    Recognize the signals of an oncoming storm. These may include dark gray or bluish clouds, fast-moving clouds, heightened wind speed or sudden drop in temperature.

    Step 2:

    Identify lightning. Lightning are the sudden flashes of bright light. It may be seen in the form of bolts, or it may seem to come from everywhere lighting up the whole sky. It is time to take cover right away.

    Step 3:

    Listen for thunder. It will be low rumbling sound that accompanies lightening, usually coming a moment after as the storm approaches.

    Step 4:

    Count the amount of seconds between strikes of lightning and rolls of thunder. Do this by counting slowly, using a stopwatch or a regular watch with a second hand.

    Step 5:

    Divide the number of seconds between lightning and rolls of thunder by five. The resulting number will be the rough distance in miles to the storm. This is an estimate only. For instance, if lightning strikes and you count to ten before you hear thunder, the distance is two miles.

    Tips & Warnings

    Remember to stay safe during the storm. Although the lighting and thunder may indicate the storm is a few miles, as a rule of thumb if thunder can be heard then lighting is close enough to be dangerous. Lighting can strike up to ten miles away.

  • 1 decade ago

    Ok! When you see lightening start counting 1 1000 2 1000 3 1000 and so on..until you hear thunder then stop counting...that is how many miles it is away or near you...hope this helped...

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