Just like in the movies, why does lightning strike a few seconds before rain begins?

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In movies, it’s quite common to have lightning and thunder, and the rain starts after a few seconds. Recently this exact phenomenon has happened to me multiple times, is there a explanation for this, or is it just my imagination?

In: Earth Science
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The thunderstom moves towards you, rain and lightning both come from it. Since lightning strikes fairly often, chances are high that one would hit within a short time frame before the rain finally reaches you, nothing else.

I can think of multiple occssions where I’ve experienced rain before lightening. You may be experiencing confirmation bias.