NEW YORK (PIX11) — New Yorkers jolted awake on Monday morning after booming thunder rumbled over the city and surrounding areas.
Lightening crackled across the sky and then the thunder came, rattling many around 6 a.m. PIX11’s Rebecca Solomon, who was outside covering news during the storm, described it as the loudest thunder she’d ever heard.
What was different about this thunderstorm was the meteorological condition that was occurring while this storm was moving through the city. Typically temperatures gradually cool down with respect to height. On Monday morning, there was a temperature inversion in which a warmer layer of air was wedged in above a layer of cooler air.
This layer of warm temperatures acted like a wall of sorts. As the thunder emitted by the lightning hit the ground, instead of the sound waves getting bounced back into space, it hits the inversion layer, refracting the sound back to earth.
In addition to the inversion, the sound waves bounce right off the city buildings amplifying the effect of the thunderclap. The formation happened right above New York City.
Some in New York tweeted that their buildings shook. Others said the thunder terrified their dogs.