# New Weather Question of the Week

It's time again to test your weather knowledge.

The Weather Question of the Week has returned, and an Augusta Chronicle coffee mug is up for grabs.

Before we get started, I'd like to thank those who responded to our first question, including last week’s winner, Bath resident Patricia Reynolds.

Because of your great response, the weather question contest continues.

That said, here's this week's question: How far away from a thunderstorm can lightning strike?

Just post an answer below as well as send an e-mail to preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com including your answer, name, Chronicle user name and a phone number.

The contest begins now and will continue until Monday, July 27.

Unless there is a tie, the participant who gets closest to the answer will win. If more than one person responds with the exact or closest answer, one winner will be randomly selected to receive a Chronicle coffee mug mailed to their home.

Check back Monday on my blog for the answer and an annoucement of the winner.

Good luck!

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07/24/09 - 07:50 am
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lightning can strike up to seven miles even when no clouds are visable overhead.

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07/25/09 - 11:57 am
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If you measure the time between when you see lightning and when you hear it divide it by 5 and that is the approximate number of miles away that lightning struck    ......if doing metric, divide by 3 to find how many kilometers away it struck..... email address is lbl1975@comcast.net

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07/25/09 - 11:57 am
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See a flash. count the seconds until you hear crack..the number of seconds is about the number of miles away....5 seconds is a mile..and so forth....email is lbl1975@comcast.net

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07/24/09 - 07:10 pm
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Lightning can strike up to ten miles away from the rain in a thunderstorm. It is said that if one can hear the thunder, the threat of being struck by lightning is real.

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07/27/09 - 11:17 am
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Divide the seconds by 5 to get the miles..email is lbl1975@comcast.net                 5 miles

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07/24/09 - 11:35 pm
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Thanks to all those responding so far. There's still two more days to go in the contest, so keep checking back. Remember, to be entered into the contest post here but also e-mail your answer, name, Chronicle user name and a phone number to my address, preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com. Also, just to reiterate, this week's question is regarding the farthest point that lightning can occur away from a thunderstorm. So the answer will be a measurement of distance.

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07/25/09 - 03:10 am
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Lightning can strike up to ten miles from a thunderstorm.  If you can see the lightning, or hear the thunder, you are capable of being struck, even if there is no rain where you are.

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07/25/09 - 07:44 pm
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5 miles

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07/26/09 - 11:18 pm
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Almost all lightning will occur within 10 miles of its parent thunderstorm, but it CAN strike much farther than that. Lightning detection equipment has confirmed bolts striking almost 50 miles away, but these are very rare.