Episode 65 – Lightning, Hurricanes, and More Climate Change

Silhouette of high voltage electrical mast with lightning storm over Prague, Czech republic

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When Thor’s hammer strikes the ground, there’s no doubt the impact will be loud, but why do we know that? He’s no larger than a regular human. So where does the sound come from? How does any of this weather stuff happen? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss how heat becomes weather, weather becomes lightning, and lightning becomes sound and how these revelations add to the global warming and climate change conversation.


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