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Pocket of warm air caused louder ‘rolling thunder’ with severe storms

WSB Channel 2 Atlanta
WSB Channel 2 Atlanta
 2021-12-31
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Were you startled out of bed by thunder this morning?

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If the thunder from the severe storms that rolled through the metro area seemed louder than normal, there’s a reason.

Severe Weather Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Glenn Burns explained that a pocket of warm air was the cause.

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The phenomenon is called “temperature inversion.” This occurs when a pocket of warmer air above the ground bounces the sound of thunder back downward, resulting in “rolling thunder,” which seems louder and lasts longer.

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