August 17th, 2008

In June we had a very rare (for us) middle-of-the-night thunderstorm which woke us up at 4AM. I grabbed my recording setup and stuck the mic out the window on a pole (which reminds me I need to start using a wood pole instead of metal during thunderstorms :-). This is the complete recording. I like the very low rumbles at the beginning. I did not normalize it this time, so you will notice that it clips a bit at 1:29 during the "MassiveBlast". I measured the time from the lightning strike (at 1:26) to the thunder, which is 2.8 seconds. This works out to 2.8/5 = 0.56 miles (0.9 km) away.


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    haywood.jablome 3 years, 5 months ago

    I used this sound on my new album. It appears in track 3. https://greasyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-future-is-cancelled

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    TheVGMLover 5 years ago

    The Perfect Thunder for the Perfect Laugh. Thank You!

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    ToBeSasha 5 years, 2 months ago

    The beginning of this recording has a wonderful, ominous feel, in my mind, at least. After the big thunderclap, it definitely gets more relaxing. Love it.

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    remontant 6 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks for this. Using it to illustrate the English word for thunder with my English language learners. So glad I don't have to stand there and say "boom!"

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    jaypoppen 10 years, 3 months ago

    Amazing how different times of the year and different places in the world have specific storm sounds. I recorded a story narration voice within audacity, and I added WAV file piano music tracks, and then these storm sounds I will edit in with Russian voices recorded on Skype and all imported into Audacity. A mixed media experiment on home computer.

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