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Can lightning occur without thunder?
« on: 16/06/2007 08:29:31 »
During the storm here yesterday I noticed a lot of lightening that wasn't accompanied by thunder. How does that happen?
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« Reply #1 on: 16/06/2007 08:31:12 »
The thunder was too far away... perhaps had moved past you or was not close enough to you (as in the heart of the storm.)
 

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« Reply #2 on: 16/06/2007 08:36:17 »
The storm was very local
 

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« Reply #3 on: 16/06/2007 08:50:59 »
 WOW... That is odd then.. I wonder can there be claps of thunder too high to hear maybe higher cloud cover????or can clouds and conditions be so dense they muffle sound...you can stop me any time just pulling stuff out of my pocket.. I haven't a clue! LOL
 

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« Reply #4 on: 16/06/2007 08:53:44 »
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I'm not sure I want to know what's in your pocket  :-X
 

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« Reply #5 on: 16/06/2007 08:56:17 »
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 You might like what I have in my pocket! LOL, But you wouldn't believe it!!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 16/06/2007 08:59:57 »
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Beech bark?  ::)
 

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« Reply #7 on: 16/06/2007 09:06:01 »
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 Well...Not exactly....LOL ;D
 

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« Reply #8 on: 16/06/2007 09:07:50 »
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« Reply #9 on: 16/06/2007 09:11:20 »
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Stop frowning it is much better then beech bark!! ;D
 

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« Reply #10 on: 16/06/2007 09:26:28 »
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Curried beech bark?  :o
 

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« Reply #11 on: 16/06/2007 09:32:37 »
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do i know what it is, karen?
 

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« Reply #12 on: 16/06/2007 10:10:26 »
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Curried beech bark... hummmm your getting closer! It is definitely spicey! LOL

Nope you don't know what it is Kadie! LOL!

BTW I just had on Wednesday, I think.. My very fist Indian food. They opened a resturant here locally well 14 miles away and it was wonderful.... OH my gosh it was very good and I loved Papadum...it was good..I had a pretty simple chicken curry with tomatoes onions crushed cashews,,,,yummmmy!
 

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« Reply #13 on: 16/06/2007 10:23:12 »
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Peshwari chicken?
 

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« Reply #14 on: 16/06/2007 10:56:53 »
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I brought the menu home it just says chicken curry!

I want to try Tandoori chicken  oooooh looks good!
 

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« Reply #15 on: 16/06/2007 10:58:52 »
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Peshwari chicken?

Whats in that dish besides spicy goodness and chicken?
 

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« Reply #16 on: 18/06/2007 08:43:20 »
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The Tandoori is the oven in which the food is cooked. Hang on......



and looks a bit like this (in cross-section).

The meat is marinated in spices mixed with joghurt, then cooked on skewers in the oven.

Truly scrumptious!
 

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« Reply #17 on: 18/06/2007 10:07:46 »
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Sounds delishious
 

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« Reply #18 on: 18/06/2007 10:11:31 »
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You have to try Keema naan - naan bread with a lamb stuffing.

What is this curried beech bark thing that's going on? It came up in another thread too!
 

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« Reply #19 on: 18/06/2007 10:26:50 »
So about that thunder...LOL Does anyone know why it was not audible . Was it actually there and perhaps we just missed it? Is there such a thing as silent thunder? Here is what I found, which leads me to believe the real storm was further away from where you were! you just couldn't hear it as it was too far away! Here is what I found:

http://library.thinkquest.org/C003603/english/severestorms/thunder.shtml



"Lightning slices through air, heating it to about 60,000ļF (five times hotter than the sunís surface!). The heated air quickly expands in an outward explosion, but then contracts as it cools. The rapid back and forth movement of air particles as it expands and contracts produces sound waves that we know as thunder.

Thunder and lightning always occur at the same time, but light travels faster than sound so we see lightning before hearing thunder. Every five seconds between the two phenomena is roughly equivalent to a mile. Thus, counting the seconds between a lightning bolt and a thunderclap, one can calculate the distance to the storm."



So the lightning comes first Doc... I see It produces a sound wave that explodes outward and that back and forth action causes the th=under which could plausibly be silent if it was sent out to far away for you too hear the sound of the thunder! Am I understanding that right.. so what determines the distance and does the thunder take place at the point of the furthest point away that the sound had traveled??
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« Reply #20 on: 18/06/2007 10:27:44 »
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You have to try Keema naan - naan bread with a lamb stuffing.

What is this curried beech bark thing that's going on? It came up in another thread too!

HEE HEE HEE.. LOL Which thread I must read it?? LOL
 

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« Reply #21 on: 18/06/2007 10:32:27 »
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You have to try Keema naan - naan bread with a lamb stuffing.

What is this curried beech bark thing that's going on? It came up in another thread too!


I am going to try all sorts of things from now on.. I will put it on my list! Let me see if it is on the menu, its on the menu for $1.99 they call it "Keema nan
nan" stuffed with minced lamb and aromatic spices.
 

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« Reply #22 on: 18/06/2007 10:38:49 »
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That's the baby!

It's great to try new foods...good for you!


From the good Doctor, obviously......
Beech bark vindaloo:-

Get a good handful of beech bark
Nip down to the local takeaway & get a chicken vindaloo
Remove the chicken
Add the beech bark
Serve & enjoy!  :D
 

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« Reply #23 on: 18/06/2007 10:43:35 »
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LOL...I think I best not say it in here as to what he meant... Do you know what I mean???may I message you, without saying it in here?? LOl

By the way THanks..LOL I missed that comment in the other thread! LOL
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« Reply #24 on: 18/06/2007 10:47:28 »
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That's the baby!

It's great to try new foods...good for you!


From the good Doctor, obviously......
Beech bark vindaloo:-

Get a good handful of beech bark
Nip down to the local takeaway & get a chicken vindaloo
Remove the chicken
Add the beech bark
Serve & enjoy!  :D

OH you do not know me well, LOL I love good food and love to try new things especially food. There are a few I won't touch.. but many I will!
 

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