What are some of the facts about lightning?
  • Lightning is a spark that can reach over 5 miles in length, attain a temperature of approximately 50,000 degrees fahrenheit and contain over 100 million electrical volts.
  • According to Stu Ostro, a Senior Weather Specialist at The Weather Channel, cloud-to-ground lightning is usually caused when a negative charge at the base of a cloud is attracted to the positive charge at the earth's surface; a powerful surge of electricity descends to the ground carrying a current made up of millions of electrons. This is answered by a return stroke, which appears to us as the bright flash of cloud-to-ground lightning.

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1. What are some of the facts about lightning?
2. Are you at risk?
3. What should I know about anticipate lightning?
4. How close is the lightning?
5. How will you be warned?
6. What should to do before lightning strikes?
7. What if a severe thunderstorm warning is in effect/issued?
8. What about after the storm?
9. What are some lightning myths?