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Old October 3, 2006, 04:13 PM   #4
Double Naught Spy
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Good reminder. Actually, by the time you hear thunder, you have been within the reach of lightning for some time. Lightning can strike at a distance of over 20 miles which means it can strike from a location over the horizon for most folks on the ground. Thunder, however, usually can't be heard for more than 12 miles at most.

See http://www.stormwise.com/striking.htm for some good insight.
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