Golfers are prime
targets for getting hit struck by lightning. 2,000 thunderstorms may exist at this
very moment. One park ranger got struck by lightning 7 times. Lightning has as
much energy as an atomic bomb. Lightning is a natural short-lived high-current electrical
discharge in the atmosphere. Lightning heats the air to about 27,000 degrees Fahrenheit in
a few thousandths of a second. Lightning can be as strong as 1,000,000 volts. Lightning
tries to find the nearest way to get to earth. Ball lightning is a type of lightning some
people even claim it has intelligence. Every day in the
U.S. there are about 40,000,000 lightning strikes.
can go as fast as 100,000 miles an hour. Lightning travels at about 240 miles per second.
Lightning lasts only three ten-thousandths of a second. Benjamin Franklin first suggested
the use of lightning rods. Benjamin Franklin first discovered that lightning is
electricity with his famous kite experiment. The cost in the U.S. for lightning damage is
about 300,000,000 per year. Lightning is the cause of 10,000 forest fires a year. The
explosive heating and expansion of air causes a shock wave we know as thunder. About 200
people are killed by lightning every year.