Lightning is very dangerous and deadly. It usually appears during severe thunderstorms. There are many mind-blowing facts about lightning. Here are some facts below:
Awesome Fact #1
The energy released by lightning, can operate a 100-watt light bulb. It can operate it for more than three months straight.
Awesome Fact #2
The negative charge in the cloud, creates a positive charge on Earth below. The two charges start trying to connect and create a circuit.
Awesome Fact #3
The movement of rain and ice inside a thundercloud, creates an electrical charge. The negative charge forms at the bottom of the cloud, and the positive charge forms at the top.
Awesome Fact #4
When lightning strikes the ground, it chooses the shortest route to something with a positive charge. This might be a tree, a person, or a tall building.
Awesome Fact #5
Every year, there is an average of 25 million lightning strikes. That’s more than a hundred lightning bolts per second.
Awesome Fact #6
A single lightning bolt, travels through twisted paths in the air. It can be as wide as one of your fingers, or between six and ten miles.
Awesome Fact #7
Temperatures in the path of a lightning bolt, can reach as high as 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightning bolts travel at speeds of up to 60,000 miles per second.
Awesome Fact #8
Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. However, the top of a vehicle, provides increased protection, if you are not touching metal. Although you may be injured, if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
Awesome Fact #9
Most lightning deaths and injuries occur, when people are caught outdoors. This mainly occurs in the summer, during the afternoon and evening.
Awesome Fact #10
Getting struck by lightning, is not as rare as you think. It happens to thousands of people a year. If a human is directly strike by lightning, it’s usually fatal.
Awesome Fact #11
The majority of lightning strikes happen over land and not the ocean. Around 70% of total lightning strikes occur in the tropics.
Awesome Fact #12
A lightning strike may contain more than 1,000,000 volts and over 200,000 amperes. Lightning does strike twice, and more. The Empire State Building, for example, averages over 20 hits per year.
Awesome Fact #13
To estimate the distance between you and a lightning strike, count the number of seconds between when you see the lightning flash and hear the thunder.
Awesome Fact #14
There are two types of lightning, negative strikes and positive strikes. Positive strikes are 5 times more powerful than negative strikes.
Awesome Fact #15
Lightning seems to be clear or a white-yellow color, but it really depends on the background.
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