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What is the distance between you and a storm if you heard thunder five seconds after you saw lightning?

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02/11/2008

Since sound travels at about 1100 feet per second at approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit, you would be 5500 feet from the lightning. But you would be closer to the storm because lightning rarely occurs on the edge of a storm.