Physics
Thunderstorms and Lightning

# Why does a thunderstorm show that light travels faster than sound?

You see lightning as soon as it happens, but thunder is usually delayed by a number of seconds (or at least long enough for you to count it).

## Related Questions First we see the light due to lightning process. But the thunder sound is heard only after a few seconds. This implies that light travels faster and sound travels very very slowly Light travels faster through anything than sound does. Light also travels through a few things that sound can't. Light is around 150,000 times as fast. Light travels faster than sound. The speed of sound is approximately 330 metres per second - whereas the speed of light is 300,000 kilometres per second. A typical example would be a thunderstorm. You see the flash of lightning first - followed by the sound of thunder a few seconds later. faster Light travels faster than sound. Light travels at 300 000 000 m/s whereas sound travels at around 340 m/s at room temperature in air. That's a 880,000x difference! In air, light travels about 881,700 times faster than sound. In water, however, the situation is different, and your question is quite perspicatious. In water, light travels only about 151,700 times faster than sound. Light travels considerably faster. Sound travels at about 343 meters per second. Light travels at 299,792,458 meters per second. Light in vacuum travels about 876 thousand times as fast as sound in air. If you meant to ask if light or sound travels faster then this is the answer: Light travels faster, with a speed of 300,000,000 m/s (which is equal to 300,000 km/s, or 186,282 miles per second). Sound, on the other hand, travels at a speed of 340 m/s (which is equal to 1126 ft/s). Light is much faster then the speed of sound. Sound travels at a speed of about 768 Miles per hour, when light travels at a speed of 186,282 miles per SECOND.