What attracts lightning to the ground?

by James Petersen|18 Nov 2020|Discipline|Weather|337 views
TRUTH: For all intents and purposes, nothing 'attracts' lightning. Lightning occurs on too large of a scale to be influenced by small objects on the ground, including metal objects. The location of the thunderstorm overhead alone determines where lightning will hit the ground.

Also, what are the 4 types of lightning?

Types of cloud-to-ground lightning include staccato, forked, ribbon, and bead lightening. –Staccato lightning is a strike which is a short-duration stroke that often, but not always, appears as a single very bright flash and often has considerable branching.

Additionally, how is lightning made?

Lightning is an electric current. Within a thundercloud way up in the sky, many small bits of ice (frozen raindrops) bump into each other as they move around in the air. All of those collisions create an electric charge. After a while, the whole cloud fills up with electrical charges.

What is the most dangerous type of lightning?

Lightning is normally thought of as directly tied to thunderstorms, but there is a dangerous type of lightning that comes out of perfectly blue skies. This unique type of lightning is called "bolts from the blue" or clear-air lightning, since skies can be clear at the location it strikes.

Can lightning kill you in a house?

Police investigators recently found the badly burned body of a man in his house, and concluded that he was killed by lightning — while still indoors. Lightning can kill — about 30 Americans die from lightning strikes each year. But being struck indoors is exceedingly rare.

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