Today's topic with Weather 101 is all about lightning and thunder. Lightning is the result of water droplets and ice particles colliding in each other high up in a cumulonimbus cloud. This charge buildup leads to a large charge separation, which when it gets big enough leads to a lightning bolt.
There is different types of lightning within a thunderstorm and each one can be dangerous. Thunder is the result of the lightning bolt super-heating the air, resulting in a shockwave. Do you know how to tell how far away a lightning bolt is? Watch this video for the answer.