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Lightning...The Underrated Killer

Lightning Intro
Did you Know
Lightning Safety
Myths vs. Facts

Did You Know?

10 miles

Lightning can strike you even 10 miles away from its parent thunderstorm!

It's estimated that 100 flashes of lightning per minute are occurring around the globe!

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Lightning has an electric potential of some 100 million volts.

Lightning starts some 10,000 forest fires each year.

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The air near a lightning strike is heated to around 50,000 degrees F - Hotter than the surface of the sun!

The average flash could light a 100-watt light bulb for more than 3 months.

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Lightning is usually associated with thunderstorms, but it can occur in emissions from volcanoes and dust storms.