One of many people’s worst fears is the thought of suddenly being struck by lightening, such as when they are driving down the highway in a horrible rain storm.
It may seem like a rational fear, but it doesn’t make a lot of scientific sense because a car is one of the safest places you can be during a lightening storm because of the fact that your tires help ground you to get rid of extra current.
Lightening has always been a fascination of many people as one of the most ephemeral and powerful forces our planet can give off, but up close its entirely different.
A lightening strike is incredibly powerful. Each one has an average temperature of 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and lasts about 1 or 2 microseconds. That’s such a small amount of time that it is hard to envision it existing.
Lightening is caused by static electricity typically during a storm when there is an unbalanced electrical charge in the clouds and the ground or another part of the storm cloud.
It’s hard to imagine, but thousands of people are struck by lightening every single year. In fact, you have a higher chance of being struck by lightening than getting attacked by a shark. One person got what might be some of the most fascinating footage of a lightening strike up close off of Daytona beach, and the power that you can see in the strike is incredible.
Some commenters call out the video for being fake, but many people who have seen up close strikes strongly confirm that it is real and they love it.
What do you think?