Lightning can't strike the same place twice is a myth. It can, and often does strike the same place repeatedly. The Empire State Building gets struck about 25 times per year noaa.gov/stories/5-striki…
In 2012 the Army demonstrated a weapon that shoots laser-guided lightning bolts. popsci.com/technology/art…
In 1985, while conducting Concorde's trial test flights, BA offered NATO to exercise on intercepting a fly-high supersonic bomber. all modern fighters, including F14, F15 and F16, failed to reach their target, except the 1950's EE Lightning, who intercepted the Concorde with ease. lightning.org.uk/oct04sot…
Today I learned about Roy Sullivan, a man who holds the record for being struck by lightning, with 7 times during his lifetime. After the 4th strike, he sought to run away from storms but couldn't escape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Lightning you see in the sky is actually only about an inch wide appearing giant only because its so bright en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
Apollo 12 was hit by lightning twice within a minute of launch, knocking out the command module instruments, lighting up nearly every warning light on the control panel and garbling the telemetry to mission control. Earlier training simulating such a failure allowed them to restore power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
The term "out of the blue" originates from lightning strikes out of the clear blue sky. weather.com/storms/severe…
In 1919 Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell was struck by lightning with one out remaining in a game, and after regaining consciousness, recorded the final out to win it. chautauquasportshalloffam…
Some lightning rods on the tops of buildings were made with radioactive materials. It was thought that the surrounding air, ionized by radiation would be more conductive and make the lightning rods more effective hps.org/publicinformation…
Upon Apollo 12 being struck twice by lightning, it was feared that the explosive bolts which deployed the parachutes were critically damaged. This was not disclosed to the astronauts on board as there was little to be done which could remedy the possible issue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Wildfires make clouds called pyrocumulus (fire cloud) as smoke rises and condenses in the upper atmosphere along with the water evaporating from burned plants. If it's big enough it becomes a pyrocumulonimbus (fire storm cloud) with its own wind system. lightning and even fire whirls (tornadoes) scijinks.gov/firestorm/
Lightning is a long string of plasma. β€œOn discharge, a highly electrically conductive plasma channel is created within the air, and when current flows within this channel, it rapidly heats the air up to about 25,000Β°C. The lightning channel is an example of terrestrial plasma in action.” sciencelearn.org.nz/resou…
Capturing electricity from lightning would not only be inefficient, but also incredibly difficult. engineering.mit.edu/engag…
Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell was struck by lightning in the middle of a game. He got up, finished the inning, and won the game. sabr.org/gamesproj/game/a…
"dry lightning" and "heat lightning" are myths. They are actually just extremely distant thunderstorms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Heat lighting isn’t real. It’s just lightning too far off in the distance to hear the accompanying thunder in a storm. whsv.com/content/news/Hea…
It's more likely that you'll die by a lightning strike than it is to die in a flood. medicaldaily.com/ways-die…
In 1919, during a baseball game, the pitcher (Ray Caldwell) was struck by a bolt of lightning. He stayed in to throw the complete game. baseballessential.com/new…
Heat Lightning isn’t an actual type of lightning. It’s the reflection of lightning on clouds from a thunderstorm so distant (and obscured by hills, mountains, curvature of the Earth, etc.) that we can no longer hear the accompanying sound. farmersalmanac.com/what-i…
Hurricanes do not generally have thunder nor lightning - thunder and lightning are formed by vertical winds that cause water and ice to rub together, and most hurricane winds are horizontal lightningsfety.com/nlsi_i…
Ball lightning is weird, actually real and deadly. The strange phenomenon of ball lightning appears during thunderstorms and has been known to break through windows, with nasty results. nationalgeographic.com/en…
Quigley Down Under and Lightning Jack are directed by the same person, one an American Cowboy in Australia, the other an Australian Cowboy in America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Catatumbo lightning is an atmospheric phenomenon in Venezuela. It occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River. It originates from a mass of storm clouds over nearby mountains, and occurs during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Lightning fertilizes plants. When lightning strikes, it rips nitrogen bonds in the atmosphere and the rains carry them into soil. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
Lightning strikes are several times more likely to reach the ground in colder climates compared to the tropics en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
A radio station organized a bonfire to burn Beatles records after they claimed they were "more popular than Jesus". The next day, the station’s broadcast tower was struck by lightning, damaging equipment and sending the news director to the hospital en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KLU…
The wonderful smell that happens after a rain shower is not one, but three distinct smells: ozone caused by lightning ripping through oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere, spores produced by common ground bacteria, and oils produced by plants during dry spells as an evolutionary safeguard. gizmodo.com/what-causes-t…
In August 1966, a few months after John Lennon claimed that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus," a radio station in Texas, USA had a "Beatles bonfire" and burned thousands of Beatles records in front of a crowd. The next day, the station's transmitter tower was struck by lightning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KAR…
The CN Tower in Toronto gets hit by lightning strikes at least 75 times a year blogto.com/city/2014/06/h…
In 2016 323 reindeer were killed in a lightning storm In Norway npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Naturally occurring magnets (lodestones) are only formed when lightning strikes magnetite, an iron ore. theguardian.com/news/2011…
Prehistoric European often connected Oak trees to their respective lightning gods. Modern scientific evidence points to Oak trees as being more likely to be struck by lightning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak
The space shuttle creates an electrostatic large charge on launch which is a reason why lightning is so dangerous for a launch. ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nas…
Most of the path of lightning strikes we see comes from the ground. nssl.noaa.gov/education/s…
A "dirty thunderstorm" is a lightning strike inside a volcanic cloud bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
The Saturn V rocket carrying the Apollo 12 mission was hit twice by lightning. 36.5 seconds after launch. lightning hit as it ascended the cloud layer, setting off alarms due to guidance systems errors. 15 second later it was hit again and instruments no longer displayed meaningful information history.nasa.gov/afj/ap12…
When Car & Driver included the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS in the Lightning Lap performance car comparison, it not only managed to do the fastest lap in the sub-$30k class, but also beat several cars in the $30-60k class and held the front-wheel-drive Lightning Lap laptime record until 2018. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Lightning can appear high above thunderstorms near the edge of space. Called "Sprites", the red lightning can be dozens of miles wide and is often shaped like jellyfish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spr…
The Earth has what can poetically called it's "Heartbeat". Lightning flashes set up the resonance pattern that surrounds Earth.After bouncing off the ionosphere, the electromagnetic waves from a single lightning burst interact with and amplify other waves,setting up the Schumann Resonance. alltecglobal.com/articles…
Lightning can, and commonly does strike during a snowstorm. this phenomenon is known as β€œthundersnow.” stormhighway.com/thunders…
At any given time there are about 2000 thunderstorms around the globe producing approximately fifty lightning events per second. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Lodestones (natural magnetic stones) are very probably made when a lightning strikes ferrite stones ; a scientist proved it by sending a small rocket containing this type of stone into a storm cloud and the stone returned magnetic cambridge.org/core/servic…
The lifetime odds of an American getting hit by lightning is about 1 in 3,000. That implies that 110,000 Americans living today will get struck at least once. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The Church of Narazo in Northern Italy, loaded with thousands of pounds of gunpowder, exploded when struck by lightning in 1767. Over 3,000 were killed and 1/6th of the city destroyed. The lightning rod was invented in 1752, but churches often refused to install them. esdjournal.com/articles/f…
Today I learned of Roy Sullivan; a man who was struck by lightning 7 times throughout his life and died at the age of 71 by a self inflicted gunshot wound (rumoured to be the cause of an unrequited love) guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned of Carus, a short-lived emperor of Rome who was killed by lightning en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned about the Catatumbo lightning in Venezuela, a weather phenomenon that causes up to 280 lightning strikes an hour for about 150 days out of the year. tripsavvy.com/venezuelas-…
German film director Werner Herzog nearly took LANSA Flight 508, but canceled at the last minute. The plane was struck by lightning, killing 91 of 92 crew members and passengers. The lone survivor was 17-year-old Juliane Koepcke, whose story was told in Herzog's documentary Wings of Hope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAN…
In the civil war, the commander of the Union "lightning brigade" personally took out a loan to buy his soldiers advanced new repeating rifles because the government would not supply them. Using the firepower advantage afforded by the new rifles, his brigade proved extremely effective in combat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
In 1971 Juliane Koepcke’s plane was struck by a lightning and broke up over the rainforest. She fell 3.2km (10000 feet) and survived. Despite having a broken collar bone and being extremely short sighted because she lost her glasses, the 17 years old girl survived for 11 days alone until rescued bbc.com/news/magazine-174…
Namarrkon is an important creation ancestor (in Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) N. Territory, Australia) who is responsible for the violent lightning storms that occur every tropical summer -- And he looks like an alien. parksaustralia.gov.au/kak…
Today I learned of the Beacon of Maracaibo, also known as Catatumbo Lightning, a lightning storm that takes place at the same time in the same place 300 days a year earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/…
Ancient DNA shows how recent adult lactose tolerance is, in evolutionary terms. 20,000 years ago, it was non-existent. Today, about 1/3 of all adults have tolerance. That lightning-fast evolutionary change suggests that direct milk consumption must have provided a serious survival advantage smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The book Bridge to Terabithia is based on a true story. The author's son, David, had a friend who tragically died unexpectedly after she was struck by lightning at the age of eight. David would then go on to write the screenplay for the 2007 film adaptation of the book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Lightning is a source of fixed nitrogen, and thus nitrate. Nitrogen in the atmosphere is highly stable and nonreactive due to the triple bond between atoms in the N2 molecule. Lightning produces enough energy and heat to break this bond allowing nitrogen atoms to react with oxygen, forming NOx. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nit…
The most famous of the "mushroom cloud" photos from Hiroshima was taken 3 hours later and is actually a pyrocumulonimbus storm. The convective effect of extreme heat sources like wildfires/bushfires can create these storms which can cause rain, lightning, ash covered hail and even tornadoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cum…
It's unsafe to use a landline telephone during a lightning storm. science.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned of the Florida Scrub Jay, an endangered species whose relationship with lightning-caused fires helped prove the necessity of wildfires as disturbances in ecological systems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
On the Western Front two mines filled with hundreds of tons of explosives were forgotten after WWI. One blew up in 1955 when it was hit by lightning, killing a cow. The other remains undetected to this day. firstworldwar.com/today/m…
In 1919, having pitched 8β…” innings in a game against the Athletics, Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell was struck by lightning. Despite being knocked unconscious, he refused to leave the game. He went on to record the final out for the complete-game win. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Today I learned of Ewa WiΕ›nierska, a German paraglider that survived lightning, pounding hail, oxygen deprivation and -40Β°C temperatures after a storm system sucked her to an altitude higher than Mount Everest. smh.com.au/national/ewa-s…
The British used several multi-ton land mines in the Battle of Messines. Two of these mines were left undetonated and their locations forgotten, until one was set off by lightning in 1955. The other is still unaccounted for firstworldwar.com/battles…
The most expensive military purchase was by the US DOD for the F-35 Lightning II for $1.5 trillion since its inception... having many issues including lightning strikes hitting the aircraft. businessinsider.com/here-…
Swimmers and fish near the surface can be electrocuted by lightning oceantoday.noaa.gov/light…
Lightning stimulates accelerated growth in mushrooms. Japanese mushroom farmers use their own "artificially induced lighting " to increase yield. relay.nationalgeographic.…
One bolt of lightning once killed 300 reindeer in Hardangervidda, Norway nytimes.com/2016/08/31/sc…
In 2014, singer Akon launched his Akon Lightning Africa project, which aims to provide electricity in Africa by installing solar street lights and small energy systems. The project now provides electricity in 14 African countries and employs over 5000 people to install and maintain the equipment globalatlanta.com/singer-…
In 1955 a lightning bolt struck a land mine from WW1 in Belgium killing a cow, making that cow a casualty of war. firstworldwar.com/today/m…
In 1971 German Peruvian Juliane Koepcke was the sole survivor of LANSA 508, a flight in which 91 people died after the aircraft was struck by lightning and disintegrated. Koepcke fell two miles into the Amazon rainforest and spent ten days in the jungle before being found. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Roy Cleveland Sullivan, a park ranger at the Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, was struck by lightning on 7 different occasions, earning him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records and the nickname "Human Lighting Rod." He survived all of them, and lived to 71. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
The Australian government reckons that the majority of landscape fires, about 85%, are triggered by human activity, and about 15% by lightning. pc.gov.au/research/ongoin…
Lightning hasn’t brought down a plane since 1967 because modern planes possess a fuselage that acts as a Faraday cage, which is a container that blocks electromagnetic fields. The charge instead runs around the outside of the craft and disperses from the tail. time.com/4910412/plane-st…
On July 17, 1914, New York giants outfielder Red Murray caught a fly ball to end a 21 inning marathon game. As he caught the ball, he was struck by lightning and knocked unconscious. He did hold on to the ball, and the game was over. sabr.org/bioproj/person/2…
Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning during filming of The Passion of the Christ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Airplanes made of carbon fiber composites need to have a thin mesh of conductive material, such as copper, applied on their surface to dissipate lightning strikes otherwise they could sustain heavy damage. compositesworld.com/artic…
Apollo 12 was struck by lightning during launch and was on the verge of being aborted before a single Flight Controller realised that flipping a little known switch would restore enough systems to save the mission. motherboard.vice.com/en_u…
During the 1991 PGA tour at least 7 people were struck by lightning including 2 fatalities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/199…
A U.S. park ranger named Roy C. Sullivan held the record for being struck by lightning the most times, having been struck β€” and surviving β€” seven times between 1942 and 1977. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot in 1983. anomalien.com/roy-c-sulli…
90% of people struck by lightning actually survive the strike. weather.gov/safety/lightn…
Venezuela has the world's lightning capital in Lake Maracaibo which has nearly 300 nightly thunderstorms in a year. NASA recorded an average rate of 233 lightning flashes per square kilometer per year over the lake. cnn.com/2016/05/03/weathe…
A lightning strike contains roughly the energy equivalent of 145 litres of petrol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
"Human-started wildfires accounted for 84% of all wildfires ["from 1992 to 2012" in United States of America], tripled the length of the fire season, dominated an area seven times greater than that affected by lightning fires, and were responsible for nearly half of all area burned." pnas.org/content/early/20…
Flammagenitus, or fire cloud, is a dense cumuliform cloud associated with fire or volcanic eruptions. Moisture from the air condenses in the cloud and then falls as rain, often extinguishing the fire, or the cloud can produce lightning and start other fires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
During a football match in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lightning struck and killed all eleven members of one team while their opponents went unscathed, fuelling intense rumors of witchcraft independent.co.uk/news/li…
Today I learned about the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes explosion - In 1856, the Ottomans stored a large amount of gunpowder in the palace and the adjacent church. It was believed that the bells could prevent the formation of storms. A lightning bolt hit the gunpowder, killing 4000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
The worlds largest Van De Graaff generator is in Boston’s Museum of science and apparently several times a day they use it to perform a live lightning show! The generator can produce up to 5 Million bolts of electricity! freshgreenes.com/conversa…
Today I learned about Roy Sullivan, a man who was struck by lightning on seven different occasions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Today I learned about Upper Atmospheric Lightning - lightning that can occur as much as 90kms higher than lightning that would strike the ground wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper-…
Rockets struck by lightning are rare. "In November 1969, lightning struck a Saturn V rocket twice during the launch of NASA's Apollo 12 mission," it "successfully reached orbit." In May 2019 "lightning struck a Russian Soyuz rocket during a satellite launch," it "successfully reached orbit." space.com/russian-rocket-…
A snowstorm with lightning is called a thundersnow. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
The Washington Monument has gotten a centimeter shorter over the years due to lightning strikes. atlasobscura.com/places/w…
There are two types of lightning strikes - positive and negative. Negative accounts for 95% of lightning strikes, while positive accounts for 5%, and is much more powerful and dangerous, and is more likely to cause forest fires. weatherimagery.com/blog/p…
The odds of lightning falling on you is 1 in 700,000 in the US. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
An average, mature hurricane can produce enough energy to equal just over 200 times the total electrical generating capacity of Earth....per day. That's ONE HUNDRED TRILLION watts, per day, for an average hurricane, not counting the energy expelled during lightning strikes. science.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned of Ball Lightning, an unexplained phenomena where a luminous ball of what looks like lightning appears at ground level, moving unpredictably and 'bouncing off buildings, people and cars'. Despite many accounts, very little is known about why it occurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Jesus actor Jim Caviezel was struck by lightning whilst filming The Passion of the Christ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Ewa WiΕ›nierska, a German paraglider that survived lightning, pounding hail, -40Β°C temperatures and oxygen deprivation after a storm system sucked her to an altitude higher than Mount Everest. smh.com.au/news/national/…
Florida has the most lightning fatalities, more than double the amount of the number 2 state, Texas. This is despite the fact that Texas is 5x as large and has twice as many lightning strikes per year weather.gov/cae/lightning…
The town of Blowout, Texas, got its name when lightning struck a cave and ignited thousands of tons of ammonia-rich bat shit inside it tshaonline.org/handbook/o…
Heat lighting isn’t real. There is no such thing as silent lightning generated from heat. What we call heat lightning, is simply normal lightning far enough away that we can’t hear it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…

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