Amazing   Lightning  Facts

   Average Lightning Stroke is 6 miles long.
   Lightning moves about 30,000 times as fast as a bullet.
   44,000 lightning storms occur every day throughout the world. Lightning strikes the earth 6,000 times a minute. Since your last breath, lightning has struck the earth 100 times.
   The temperature of lightning's return stroke can reach 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The surface of the sun is not even that hot! (around 11,000 degrees Fahrenheit).
   Average Thunderstorm is 6-10 miles wide.
   Average thunderstorm travels at a rate of 25 miles per hour.
   A "Positive Giant" is a lightning strike that hits the ground up to 20 miles away from the storm. Because it seems to strike from a clear sky it is known as "A Bolt From The Blue". These "Positive Giant" flashes strike between the storm's top "anvil" and the Earth and carry several times the destructive energy of a "regular" lightning strike.
   On average, thunder can only be heard over a distance of 3-4 miles, depending on humidity, terrain, and other factors.
   Approximately 100,000 thunderstorms occur in the United States each year. Approximately 10% of all thunderstorms are severe enough to produce high winds, flash floods, and tornadoes.
   Thunderstorms cause an average of 200 deaths and 700 injuries in the United States each year.
   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.
   Lightning can sideflash, through air, for over a mile.
   A lightning channel may have five or more surges during the 1/5th of a second it discharges energy.
   Daytime lightning is difficult or impossible to see under local sun and/or hazy conditions. Night-time "heat lightning" can be seen up to 100 miles away (depending on "seeing" conditions).
   "Lightning Crawlers" or "Spider Lightning" can travel over 35 miles as it "crawls" across the bottoms or through squall line "frontal" clouds.This rare type of lightning is very beautiful as it zaps from "horizon-to-horizon". However it can turn deadly if it happens to strike the ground at the end of its super long path!
   Radar has detected Lightning "Crawlers" traveling at high altitudes (15000 ft to 20000 ft) as they zap from cloud-to-cloud.
   Lightning "Crawlers" over seventy five (75) miles long have been observed by Radar!
   How big around is a typical lightning bolt? Answer: About the size of a Quarter to Half-Dollar! Lightning looks so much wider than it really is just because its light is so bright!
   "Red Sprite" lightning is a newly-rediscovered type of lightning that zaps between the 40 mile span between the tops of severe storm clouds to the lower ionosphere "D" layer. Red Sprite Lightning looks like a giant "blood-red"-colored jellyfish having light-blue tentacles.
   Lightning bolts are classed as either "hot" or "cold." A hot strike lasts up to a tenth of a second, has a high amperage, and sets fire to flammable materials in its path. A cold strike is much faster, has a higher voltage in relation to amperage, and has an explosive rather than a flammable effect. A large bolt of cold lightning has enough power to lift a 44,000 ton OCEAN LINER six feet in the air.
   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. Each five seconds is roughly equivalent to one mile in distance, i.e. 10 seconds between flash and thunder means the lightning was about two miles away.


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