We have learned about devastating forces of nature like earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes and today, we are here to learn yet another – lightning. Contrary to its unique beauty, this particular force of nature is just as deadly as any other we have learned so far. So, what is lightning? What produces it? Why is it so deadly? This article on 40 interesting lightning facts is going to walk you through some really mind-blowing facts you were possibly unaware of. Even we didn’t know until we decided to dig out some of these crazy stuff. So, you ready?
Interesting Lightning Facts: 1-5
1. An electrostatic discharged caused during an electric storm is known as lightning. Such a discharge can take place in various forms.
2. It can be an intra-cloud or IC lightning where electrostatic discharge takes place between different electrically charged zones of a single cloud.
3. Another type of electrostatic discharge is known as cloud-to-cloud or CC lightning. Here the discharge takes place between two different clouds.
4. CG lightning or cloud-to-ground lightning is a type where electrostatic discharge takes place between cloud and ground.
5. There is a type of lightning which is known as Positive Giant. This type of lightning is known for hitting ground at a distance of 20 miles from the storm.
Interesting Lightning Facts: 6-10
6. A Positive Giant also goes by the name “A Bolt from the Blue” because it actually seems to be hitting from a clear sky.
7. A Positive Giant definitely comes from a cloud but actually originates from the top anvil of and strikes the Earth. It is multiple times more destructive than a regular lightning.
8. The average striking length of a regular lightning is about 2 to 3 miles and carries electricity of nearly 100 million volts.
9. Lightning without a thunder is impossible. This is because, thunder is actually the sound created by lightning.
10. Light travels faster than sound and that’s why lightning strike can be seen first and then the thunder can be heard. It is because of this speed difference between light and sound that it is actually possible to calculate the distance of storm.