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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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99 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
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
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
Boyd Welsch
Ball lightning a not uncommon phenomenon Thelma Lumpkin,
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Sep 29, 2020 7:04PM
krdevane
Carmine-James Pitaniello, Did you have any lingering health problems from being struck by lightning?
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Jul 18, 2020 4:55PM
Christine Gardner
Lightning is an AWESOME sight to watch. Never afraid of it, but like to be in a safe place.
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May 25, 2020 3:27AM
Jim Adams
Thelma Lumpkin, more that likely it was St. Elmo’s Fire.
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May 11, 2020 11:21PM
Jim Adams
There can be lightning during a snowstorm too.
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May 11, 2020 11:19PM
Myra Joan Crone
It struck a gate in front of me and I fell backwards, then it smelled like sulphur
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Mar 22, 2020 6:08PM
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
Eufemia P. Lubaton
I am very fascinated by lightning 'tho it is dangerous . .but i just wonder why when i was a kid my mom would tell me to cover the mirror during storms or say don 't stay or go near a cat!! Is there any explanation to this?
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Jan 10, 2020 7:49PM
Eve
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
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
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

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