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Interesting science: 15 beyond belief facts about lightning

Are you afraid of lightning? Well, it’s no wonder since lightning is one of the most dangerous and unpredictable phenomena of nature. Let’s discover the most exciting and interesting facts about it!


Lightning is wonderful and mysterious at the same time. Scientists all over the world try to study and classify it using various techniques. However, there are still many gaps in our knowledge of lightning. Here are several facts on lightning that scientists are sure about:


Doesn't lightning look magnificent? Are you afraid of this phenomenon? Tell us in the comments!

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122 Comments
Carmine-James Pitaniello
I've been strucck twice by lightning, two weeks in the hospital last time. Just won't go out in a Lighting storm again... ever.
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Jun 1, 2016 11:07PM
Scott Sumone
Scott Sumone
you hid in the closet?...do you know the things that live in closets?,,,scary things....just funnin' don't be afraid...repect it, but don't be afraid....
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Jun 2, 2016 1:01AM
Thelma Lumpkin
Thelma Lumpkin
You may not believe this, but a few years ago, on a clear day with no bad weather in sight, a ball of sparks rolled toward me over a stonewall, across my driveway, and landed against my front door, disappearing. No trace of it was left. It was similar to the head of a lit sparkler, but more bluish. I never had an explanation of that by friends or people who deal with weather and would be interested in knowing what the heck that was!
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Jun 1, 2016 10:00PM
Helen Allen
I witnessed a young man being struck by lightning in a water channel carrying a crow bar the strick hit the water and raced along the surface and hit the crowbar he died instantly.
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Feb 7, 2020 10:39PM
Mary Hargrove
My uncle was struck and killed by lightening. About 50 years later his brother's grandson was struck and killed by lightening
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Feb 4, 2020 10:39PM
Veronics Moss
I'm terrified of lightning, thank you for your information.
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Jan 12, 2020 4:44PM
Eve Nagy
I love to watch lightning from a safe place - it is so beautiful and dangerous.
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Jan 2, 2020 5:58PM
Diane Foulds
I ran to the car, so terrified of lightning. I felt safe with the tires would ground the lightning.
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Jan 1, 2020 4:47PM
Joe Ferguson
I was struck at the age of 12. It turned me completely over and flipped me into the air.
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Jan 1, 2020 6:22AM
Lynne Cage
Always keep clear of lightning if possible. My grandmother was walking home with 2 work friends during a storm, lightning struck a tree & it fell on them. My grandma died.
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Dec 19, 2019 6:49AM
Kathy Fowler
The video was awesome...to short-wanted more!
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Nov 14, 2019 10:15AM
Shae Deschenes
I was going to ask the same question as Ian Swindale. I also read that lightening can travel from the ground up and meets the lightening that is coming down. Could you verify that? Also I will not go out in a lightening storm or answer the phone or run water from a tap or have a shower during the storm. It is beautiful to watch but as mentioned it has to be respected for what it is.
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Nov 3, 2019 7:07PM
Pamela Spallin
I’ve never been afraid of lightning or thunder storms. I do respect them
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Sep 29, 2019 5:36PM
jack patti go
I am a little scared of lightening! But I love sreing from in the house!
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Sep 25, 2019 11:47PM
Lulu Anne Percival
Terrified of thunderstorms - ⛈
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Sep 14, 2019 11:46AM
Maria Viegas
Very interesting !...
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Sep 8, 2019 2:21AM
Ed Tillinghast
Hard to believe a person could survive a strike that is 50,000 degrees.
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Aug 30, 2019 11:32AM
Jackie Smith Barker
Yes I am afraid and I respect mother nature. My dogs know when a storm is on its way. The weirdest thunder storm I experienced was winter in January to be exact we had a thunderstorm in Quebec . It must have been between 5 and 12 Celsius still cold. It was so weird but not the first time nor the last winter thunderstorm.
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Aug 10, 2019 5:12PM

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