Should you take a bath during storms? Is it safe to shower during thunderstorm? We cover what is lightning in simple words, taking a bath during storm myth, weather facts, and more during our weather podcast episode about lightning strikes, what should you not do during lightning, weird thunderstorm fun facts & more with this fun podcasts to use in the classroom, as a homeschool podcast, or podcasts educational content.
Where To Listen To The Shower Shock Excuse: Take a Bath During Storms Podcast Episode
How do you explain lightning to a child?
Things we’ll cover in this podcast episode:
- Do lightning strikes go up or down
- Taking a shower during thunderstorm
- Why does lightning strike humans
- Safety tips for lightning strikes near me
- Can lightning strike a car?
- What happens to a lightning strike survivor?
- Does lightning strike the same place twice?
- What to do ASAP if you see nearby lightning strikes or hear thunder
- All about lightning strike sand glass
- Weird lightning strike facts
- A ton of funny lightening puns, electricity puns, and weather puns
- & MORE entertaining weather science fun in this educational podcast (and maybe even an excuse not to bathe for kids!)
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Lessons on Weather and Lightning and Weather Activities for Kids
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Highlights and Fact Corrections From the Shower Shock Excuse Episode
* Is it true that if you can hear thunder you are close enough to be struck by lightning?
YES! Lightning can travel far during a storm, sometimes up to 12 miles! According to Weather.gov, “if you can hear thunder you are close enough to a storm to be in danger of being struck by lightning.“
* Thor was the god of thunder in Norse Mythology. (Jackie couldn’t remember, which is weird because she remembers almost every line from Adventures In Babysitting and Thor was definitely in that…)
* What’s the difference between a cloud flash and lightning strike?
A cloud flash occurs within a cloud, or a flash between two clouds, or even a lightening flash between a could and air.
A lightning strike is the electric discharge between the cloud and a surface, like the ground.
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* Why do buildings have lightning rods?
Lightning rods, or metal rods on top of buildings, are meant to act as conductors and intercept lightning strikes so that the rods on the roof take the lightning strike instead of the building.
[LEARN MORE ABOUT LIGHTNING RODS]
* What is thunder snow?
Thunder snow is a winter snowstorm and a thunder and lightning storm that happens during snow fall instead of rainfall. It’s fairly rare.
* What is petrified lightning?
Fulgurites, also called lightning fossils or petrified lightning, happens when lightning strikes the ground and fuses sand or rock.
If you’ve seen the movie Sweet Home Alabama, you may remember that they were digging beautiful glass fulgurites from the beach sand. Natural lightning strikes in sand aren’t really like that. (see some here)
* What are Lichtenberg lightning scars?
Lichtenberg scars are lightning strike patterns on the skin of people struck by lightning. The pattern, which branches out from the path of the lightning, is caused by bursting blood vessels and the static electricity following allowing superficial blood vessels. Most of the time, the Lichtenberg figures on skin pattern will disappear within 24-48 hours of a person experiencing a lightning strike.
*Here’s the Weather.gov lightning strike spreadsheet of victim stories that we talked about on the podcast episode
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Shower Shock Podcast Episode References and Resources
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
- How It Works Daily
- Readers Digest
- Spectrum Local News
- National Geographic