It’s been said that “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” There’s nothing more soothing than the sound of a thunderstorm, however we encourage you to know that with every storm comes the possibility of lightning. Know the facts and don’t let lightning damper your dance!
While thunder won’t hurt you – lightning will! Knowing the facts about lightning can not only save your home and belongings but also your life. Listed below are interesting facts about the “giant flashes in the sky”.
- Most lightning strikes average 2 to 3 miles long and carry a current of 10,000 Amps at 100 million Volts.
- The most dangerous of lightning strikes is known as the “Positive Giant”. It is a lightning strike that hits the ground up to 20 miles away from the storm. These “Positive Giant” flashes strike between the storm’s top “anvil” and the Earth and carry several times the destructive energy of a “regular” lightning strike.
- Each second there are 50 to 100 Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Strikes to the Earth world-wide.
- Due to sun or foggy conditions daytime lightning is difficult or impossible to see. Depending on conditions, night-time “heat lightning” can be seen up to 100 miles away
- The temperature of a typical lightning bolt is hotter than the surface of the Sun!
- Because lightning is so bright the size of the average lightning bolt is often misconstrued. The average lightning bolt is only the size of a Quarter!
When lightning approaches, get inside a completely enclosed building. Open garages, storage sheds, metal building, and covered patios are not considered safe shelters. If safe shelter isn’t available, get inside a hard-topped vehicle. If you’re in or near the water…get out! When venturing out always remember to check the forecast before and be prepared for harsh weather conditions.