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.. is nature's circuit breaker. This common atmospheric phenomenon is a flip switch that restores the natural electrical charge.

At any given moment, a 100 bolts of lightning strike the ground, while cloud-to-cloud strikes happen 10 times more frequently.


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Cause Of Lightning

Lightning occurs when the atmospheric charge between a cloud and the ground or a nearby cloud becomes unbalanced. This process builds up a negative charge on the underside and causes the ground below or cloud to develop a positive charge in response.

The imbalance of electrical energy increases until a bolt of lightning is released, either from cloud to ground or cloud to cloud, reinstating the electrical balance.


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The Sound Of Thunder

..that is generated by the bolt of lightning is due to the extreme heat produced, causing the air to super-heat and expand. The resulting sonic wave is heard in a 25-mile radius. Light and sound always go together, with the sound following the light.


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Facts About Lightning

  • The bolt of lightning is five times hotter than the sun.
  • It travels in a zigzag pattern at the rate of 200,00 miles per hour.
  • At about 150 feet before any impact on the ground (or object), the bolt of positive energy (called a streamer) travels upwards at 60,000 miles per second.
  • About 2000 people are killed every year worldwide by lightning.


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Safety Tips During a Thunderstorm

.. as recommended by the National Weather Service:

  • Seek immediate shelter in a house or a structure with indoor electricity and plumbing. Closed vehicles are also safe.
  • Do not seek shelter beneath trees or poles.
  • Avoid metal plumbing or running water
  • Do not use landline phones or desktop computers, as electricity can travel in the cords. Using mobile phones is safe.
  • Stay away from doors and windows.


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