Why Doesn’t All Thunder Sound The Same?

Why Doesn’t All Thunder Sound The Same?

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We’ve all experienced thunder, but what ARE all those claps, booms, and rumbles?

To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
Shock wave: a sharp change of pressure in a narrow region traveling through a medium, especially air, caused by explosion or by a body moving faster than sound

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