No, that is not the blaring sound of artillery or the wrath of an angry god spewing hellfire and brimstone. It’s the sound of a lightning strike, captured by San Antonio resident Chris Alderete during torrential rainstorms on Monday.
As a violent storm bore down on the city, Alderete decided to capture the scene. What he thought was going to be some footage of rain and extreme flash floods quickly turned into a mesmerizing flash as lightning struck his neighbor’s house.
You probably weren’t familiar with how lightning sounds, and as the video indicates, it’s basically just like a flurry of gunfire. As Angela Fritz, atmospheric scientist and deputy weather editor at The Washington Post explains, the lightning sounds like a Civil War cannon for a number of reasons.