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Lightning

by Ryan

Lightning is a giant electrical spark. There are many different types of lightning such as ball lightning, fork lightning(also called bead lightning), chain lightning, streak lightning, ribbon lightning and red sprites.

The chances of getting struck are very low; your chances of getting struck are 1 in 600,000. Almost 100 people per year get struck by lightning in US alone. Most lightning storms occur during the summer.

Warm humid conditions are highly favorable to thunderstorms because they help the development of a thunderstorm. The typical thunderstorm lasts about 30 minutes About 10 percent of thunderstorms are severe.

Lightning usually strikes tall buildings and the earth about 100 times a second. You can reduce the chances of getting struck by lightning by following safety precautions. If you happen to get struck by lightning you should be attended to immediately.

Ball lightning, the size of a grapefruit, is the rarest type of lightning. It comes in many different colors (reds, oranges, yellows). Ribbon lightning is caused when wind separates the strokes of the bolt. Red sprites can be numerous kilometers wide.

Chain, streak and forked lightning are common. Chain lightning, also called bead lightning, is characterized by a bolt that breaks into dotted lines as it fades. Streak lightning is a bolt that appears to be a single arc shaped line. Forked lightning is lightning in which visible branches are present.



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