What About That Lightning?

Lightning in Dallas, 2015 (photo from NOAA Weather in Focus Photo Contest via Wikimedia Commons)

19 August 2021

Curious about lightning? Today’s article is a scavenger hunt for lightning facts. Two vintage blog posts provide the answers.

Looking Forward to a Little Less Lightning (click the link) will tell you …

  • Which month produces the most lightning in Pittsburgh?
  • If a person is struck by lightning what’s their percentage change of surviving it?
  • Who holds the world record for being struck by lightning? How many times was he hit? Did it eventually kill him? And a much longer story about him here.

In Why Does Thunder Rumble? you’ll find out:

  • How long is a lightning bolt?
  • How far away is that lightning? Plus an easy technique for answering this question.
  • (And of course) Why does thunder rumble?

And a bonus! Here’s a 10 minute video of lightning in slow motion recorded in Singapore by The Slow Mo Guys. (I’ve skipped the video forward to just before the lightning starts.)

(photo from Wikimedia Commons; click on the caption to see the original)

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