You might not always see the lightning bolt, but it is the charge from the lightning that causes the thunder. Globally, lightning kills more people than hurricanes and tornadoes and causes almost 5,000 times more deaths than shark attacks.
I read that more than 80 percent of the lightning flashes stay inside the clouds where they can’t be seen. In case you aren’t familiar with this phenomenon, this is where there is tons of lightning flickering about the sky, but no thunder. The village of Kifuka in the mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo is the most struck place with an average of 158 lightning bolts per square kilometre every year.The North and South Poles are the places least likely to be struck. In fact, many farmers are killed while wearing rubber boots or sitting in tractors with rubber wheels. When the positive and negative charges grow large enough, a giant spark (lightning) occurs between the two charges within the cloud.Around the Earth there are up to 50 flashes of lightning every second.

In Britain the most dangerous region is East Anglia while the North-west of Scotland is the safest.last Saturday much of the UK experienced high pressure storms [APEX]When you see the flash count the time until you hear thunder.
The safest place to be when lightning strikes is indoors, away from windows and electrical appliances including the telephone.Don't use the sink, take a bath or shower. There are also instances where the heat lightning is caused by the cloud reflection of lightning from a distant storm.
If lightning hits a building it will most likely flow through electrical wiring or water pipes.Being in a car should save you if you're not touching any of the metal frame.
About one in four of all lightning flashes reaches the ground.The temperature of lightning bolts can reach 53,000F, six times hotter than the surface of the sun. The last passenger jet to be brought down by a lightning strike was in 1967, leading to improvements.The fuselages of modern planes are designed so that a bolt travels along the outside skin and disappears via the nose, wing tip or tail. Stay away from tall, isolated objects like trees and avoid open areas including fields and car parks where you are the highest object.If lightning is about to strike you may experience a tingling feeling on your skin and your hair may stand on end.

If this happens and there's no shelter nearby squat down and curl up into a ball, covering your head and ears with your arms but don't lie down flat.Being struck by lightning can cause nervous system damage, broken bones and loss of hearing or eyesight. It's estimated that every British commercial jet is struck by lightning at least once a year.About 24,000 people are killed around the world every year by lightning and another 240,000 injured. In the UK between 30 and 60 people are typically struck by lightning every year.From 1852 to 1859 there was an annual average of 19 lightning fatalities. That honour goes to Roy Sullivan, a Shenandoah National Park Ranger in Virginia, who was hit seven times between 1942 and 1977.He became known as "the human lightning rod" and some people were afraid to walk alongside him. Sullivan, who escaped with nothing worse than minor burns and singed hair, eventually died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds following a failed love affair.One animal is said to be particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes - the lofty giraffe.

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