What is lightning?
Lightning is the phenomenon which accompanies the discharge
of atmospheric charges from cloud to cloud or cloud
to earth. As lightning seeks the path of least resistance,
it naturally tends to follow the shortest course between
cloud and earth, such as buildings or towering projections.
Positive electrical charges gather in the
clouds and negative charges gather in the ground. when
the attraction between these two charges are strong enough
they come together in the form of lightning.
Some interesting facts:
- Most lightning strikes occur either at the beginning
or the end of a storm.
- Average lightning strike is
6 miles long.
- Lightning reaches 50,000 degrees farenheit,
4 times as hot as the sun's surface.
- A cloud to ground
lightning channel can be 2-10 miles long.
- Voltage in
a cloud to ground strike is 100 million to one billion
- Lightning is the most dangerous and frequently encountered
weather hazard people experience each year.
affects all regions. Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania,
North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee,
Georgia and Colorado have the most lightning deaths
and injuries every year. Florida is often referred to
as "The Lightning Capital of the U.S."
- Lightning is the #1 cause of
- Damage costs from lightning are
estimated at 4-5 billion each year in the U.S.
the earth, there are 100 lightning strikes per second
or 8 million, 6 hundred and 40 thousand times per
day. What is commonly referred to as heat lightning
is actually lightning too far away to be heard. However
the storm may be moving in your direction.
- There are
approximately 100 thousand storms in the US each year.
Lightning strike statistics:
- Americans are twice as likely
to die from a lightning-related death than from
a tornado, hurricane or flood.
- The Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) estimates there are 200 deaths
and 750 severe injuries from lightning each year in
- 20% of all lightning victims die from the strike.
of survivors will suffer serious long-term affects.
Who's at risk?
- 85% of lightning victims are children and young with
a mean age between 10-35
- 70% of all lightning injuries
and fatalities occur in the afternoon.
- Many survivors
of lightning strikes report that immediately before
being struck, their hair was standing on end and they
had a metallic taste in their mouth.
- Long-term injuries
from lightning strike can include memory and attention
loss, chronic numbness, muscle spasm, stiffness, depression,
hearing loss and sleep disturbance.
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