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Why does it rain harder after a flash of lightning?

March 12, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Weather

That it often rains harder after a vivid flash of lightning and heavy peal of thunder is a fact well known to meteorologists. Strictly speaking, however, the rain gush, as weather experts call it, is caused by neither the lightning nor the thunder. According to the United States Weather Bureau, a cloud is electrified when …

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Why is there more lightning in summer?

January 18, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Weather

Electrical storms are generated by sudden and decided changes in atmospheric temperature. The upper atmosphere is always cold and such changes are much less frequent in the winter time, when the temperature near the earth is also low. Hence thunder and lightning occur more often in summer than in winter.

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How did “stealing thunder” originate?

January 4, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Drama

John Dennis (1657-1734), an English dramatist and critic, was responsible for the expression to steal one’s thunder. In 1709 his play Appius and Virginia was produced at Drury Lane in London, and for its production the playwright introduced a new method of simulating thunder on the stage. Previously stage thunder was produced by large bowls. …

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