That's interesting! Incidentally, is there anyway to estimate distance if there is only lightning and little or no thunder? Yesterday I saw hell of a lot of lightning but it was mostly silent
My guess,was that it was happening at a great distance so you could not hear the thunder, light can travel far, i would not worry too much about that.
Or you can also get occasional discharges high up in the clouds, its when you hear the sound that a *major* discharge has taken place. Cos the air heats up intensely during a lightning spike and the only way to dissipate that energy is through sound.
^ oh those poor little dogs! i feel really sad for them, the get so scared.
I think also since their hearing is so sensitive,maybe its 10 times louder for them and they have no way to effectively cup their ears like we do, they still try tho.
I dont feel sorry for them, damn strays have kept me up for many a night and so i welcome the rains with open arms, the dogs can't hang out late at night anymore and i find the ambient sound of rainfall very relaxing to sleep.