Thunderstorm Sounds

There's something magical and surprisingly peaceful about the sounds of the gusting winds, rolling thunder, and pouring rain that come from a summer storm. The immense power contained within these storms can be incredibly damaging and even deadly, but the sounds they make are somehow soothing. How are those sounds generated? What makes them relaxing to us? And, what's the best way to listen to these sounds?

The answers to those questions and many more can be found right here at Thunderstorm Sounds!

Where Can I Find the Best Thunderstorm Sounds?

Amazon Alexa

Voice enabled devices like Amazon Alexa and Google Home have taken the world by storm. Chances are you already have at least one of these devices. Did you know that you can play thunderstorm sounds on your Amazon Alexa device right now? Just click the button below to enable the best thunderstorm skill on Alexa.

The ABSOLUTE BEST WAY to listen to Thunderstorm Sounds is on Amazon Alexa!

Enable Thunderstorm Sounds on Alexa
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Before there were voice enabled services like Amazon Alexa, people opted to play their favorite sleep sounds on their phones. Thousands of videos featuring thunder and rain can now be found on YouTube. The visual part of these videos is really not that useful, but many of the sounds are really good. Our favorite thunderstorm video is below.

YouTube is another place to listen to thunderstorm sounds.

We've watched thousands of videos and we believe this is the best video you'll find for sleep and relaxation.

Streaming Music Services

There are dozens of streaming music services out there today including Tidal, Deezer, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Google Play Music. You can find thousands of thunderstorm sound tracks and playlists on these services. We've already done all the hard work and found the best one for you. See below.

You can also find thunderstorm sounds playlists on Apple Music or Amazon Music.

These sites are great for playing sounds through your phone. Choose this option if you don't have an Amazon Alexa device.

This is our favorite thunderstorm sound on iTunes/Apple Music.

Sound Generators

Want to generate your own thunderstorm sounds? Well you can! There are dozens of sound generators/shapers online that can help you create the perfect thunderstorm sound for relaxing, studying, and sleeping.

Sound generators allow you to generate your own thunderstorm sounds.

This is our favorite sound generator. It has lots of options and is designed by a real Sound Doctor!

Consider using a Sound Generator if you want more control over your Thunderstorm Sound.

Sound Generators allow you to control many different aspects of the thunderstorm sound so you can create the perfect ambiance for your needs.

Why Do We Love Thunderstorm Sounds?

There are so many people who enjoy thunderstorms that there is even a word for this experience. Chrysalism refers to the tranquil quality of relaxing indoors as a thunderstorm rages outside. While it might be terrifying to be outdoors in an actual thunderstorm, these storms are wonderful if you experience them from inside your home. For many people, the contrast between the danger of the storm and the safety inside makes hearing the thunder even more relaxing. It is like a chaotic reminder of how safe and secure you are within your home.

Why Do Thunderstorms Make Us Feel That Way?

For many people, thunderstorm sounds are incredibly relaxing. When you hear rain hitting your umbrella or rooftop, you get to enjoy a background noise that boosts your sleep quality. In addition, your mind may already be trained to connect the sound of the thunderstorm to feeling sleepy from melatonin. The smell of a thunderstorm can also make you relaxed.

Interestingly, smelling rain and lightning can cause feelings of relaxation. When lightning interacts with the air, it creates a molecule known as ozone. This molecule is created from three oxygen atoms. The ozone scent smells like chlorine or bleach. Meanwhile, the earthy scent of rain can be incredibly relaxing. Plants normally release certain oils during dry periods to prevent seeds from trying to grow when there is not enough rain. Once it rains, these oils are washed off and blend with a chemical known as geosemin. Geosemin is naturally made by bacteria in the soil. Together, these two chemicals produce a musky scent. You can smell the same scent by turning over the soil in a garden bed.

Whether we love the sound, scent or smell of a thunderstorm, one thing is for certain. Many people feel more relaxed during a storm. With the perfect amount of rain and lightning, you can look forward to a better night's sleep.