I don’t recall the first time I saw it, but I remember it being called “heat lightning”.
It was late at night.
The horizon was flickering.
The light was a sort or orange color.
At the time, as a young kid, I thought this was some sort of magical lightning that appeared sometimes when it was warm out.
But I quickly learned it was merely a distant storm.
It was a storm that was far enough away that you couldn’t hear any thunder despite all the lightning.
Keep in mind that sometimes storms can grow to 5o or 60 thousand feet or more into the atmosphere.
And that means there are occasions where you can see the lightning from these storms from great distances away.
I’ve seen lightning from storms that were over 100 miles away.
The bottom line is, there is no such thing as heat lightning.
It’s just too far away for you to hear the thunder.
But once you can hear thunder, that’s when you should really pay attention.
Because once you can hear it, you’re close enough to be hit by lightning.
And trust me, you don’t want that.
So now when you see distant lightning, it’s alright to call it “heat lightning” if you wish.
But just remember it’s not some magical phenomenon like I once thought.
It’s an actual storm in the distance.