Lightning is a phenomenon that we have experienced since birth and even to this date, we have certain misconceptions about lightning and some very obvious facts that we are unaware of.
The fear of lightning is known as ‘keraunophobia’ and the odds of being struck by lightning in one human lifespan is 1 in 3000 and it is purely a myth that says ‘lightning never strikes the same spot twice’ and the proof of it is that the Empire State Building in New York is struck 24 times a year and was once struck eight times in 24 minutes. Lightning on average only lasts about a quarter of a second and consists of 3-4 strikes. Most lightning strikes average at 2-3 miles long and carry a current of 10000 Amps at 100million volts, which means that the energy contained from a single lightning strike can power a 100 watt light bulb for 90 days and a single bolt of lightning is around 50,000F or 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun. There are in fact two types of lightning – positive 5 times more powerful than negative strikes.
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