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Can lightning strike the same place twice?

Can lightning strike the same place twice?

Update: 2021-06-221
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“Lightning never strikes the same place twice” is a common phrase you’ve probably heard before. For a long time, lightning was also considered as a flash of supernatural origins - the great weapon of the gods. But scientifically, are these just myths, or is there some truth in these?


Clouds are composed of water droplets and ice crystals. Cool air has ice crystals while warm air has water droplets. During a storm, the droplets and crystals collide and drift away in the air forming static electricity. This results in the release of electric energy. Lightning takes about only 30 milliseconds to reach Earth and right after it strikes, it resonates in rapid succession. So, in this short period, several strikes can occur at the same location.
 
Listen to the complete episode to know about the places that receive the most and the least amount of lightning strikes per year and also why we don't feel it in the airplanes and high-rise buildings.


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Can lightning strike the same place twice?

Can lightning strike the same place twice?

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