Asked in Thunderstorms and Lightning
Is there such a thing as heat lighting?
In short, yes, there is such a thing as heat lightning. Heat lightning is often seen on hot summer days, hence the name. It is usually out in the distance or on the horizon and usually comes from distance thunderstorms. They are not accompanied by sound because they are too far away. "Traditional" lightning occurs when negatively charged particles in the clouds bump into each other to eventually form lightning. Heat lightning can often be signs of a thunderstorm coming in the near future.