• Did you know? 9 striking facts about lightning

    By: Kelly Healey


    Did you know Florida is the lightning capital of the United States?


    Here are some other facts about the electrifying flash of light:


    • Contrary to the common expression, lightning can and often does strike the same place twice.


    • Lightning is extremely hot—a flash can heat the air around it to temperatures five times hotter than the sun’s surface.


    • About 2,000 people are killed worldwide by lightning each year, but nine of every 10 people survive.


    • The average American has about a 1 in 5,000 chance of being struck by lightning during a lifetime.


    • Cloud-to-ground lightning bolts are a common phenomenon—about 100 strike Earth’s surface every single second. Each bolt can contain up to 1 billion volts of electricity.


    • Cars are havens from lightning. Tires conduct current, as do metal frames that carry a charge harmlessly to the ground.


    • Many houses are grounded by rods and other protection that conduct a lightning bolt's electricity harmlessly to the ground.


    • Grounded buildings offer protection, but occupants who touch running water or use a landline phone may be shocked by conducted electricity.


    • Lightning strikes during thunderstorms kill more Americans each year than either tornadoes or hurricanes.


    Source: Nationalgeographic.com


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