ELi5: What causes the sound of Thunder and how can it be so loud?

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ELi5: What causes the sound of Thunder and how can it be so loud?

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Lightning is created by a build up of static electricity at the base of a cloud, when this charge is released it transforms the air into superheated plasma which glows brilliantly. The heat created in the lightning causes the air to expand creating a shockwave which we hear and feel as thunder. – https://youtu.be/NQiqXdEHL_Q