Underwater sounds we have measured are interpreted to have been produced by lightning strikes to water in the Gulf of Mexico. The range to the storm cells was approximately 30–40 km. Measurements with a hydrophone tethered to the research vessel tommy munro allows us to estimate the total acoustic energy in the sound field. Our estimates are compatible with what one might expect on the basis of the total electrostatic energy dissipated by a typical flash to the ground.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Acoustics and Ultrasonics
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)