Huge Lightning Bolt!


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The longest single flash of lightning has been captured by satellites of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, recorded and announced by the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization on Tuesday.

The “megaflash” stretched 768 kilometres (give or take 8 kilometres) or 477.2 miles (give or take 5 miles) across parts of the southern U.S. including Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi on April 29, 2020…

The flash in question measures as long as the distance between New York City and Columbus Ohio. Or if you want another, between London and Hamburg.

We’re number one, we’re number one! Or something like that.

2 thoughts on “Huge Lightning Bolt!

  1. Puzzling Evidence says:

    Benedictine monk wrote earliest known reference to ball lightning in England
    Monk described “fiery globe” falling toward a river near London in 1195. https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/02/benedictine-monk-wrote-earliest-known-reference-to-ball-lightning-in-england/
    “As we’ve previously reported [ https://arstechnica.com/science/2014/01/the-dirty-secret-behind-ball-lightning-is-dirt/ ], ordinary lightning occurs due to the ionization and dissociation of molecules in the air (a process with the awesome name “dielectric breakdown”), which occurs during a static electric discharge between clouds and the ground. Ball lightning is much rarer, to the point where some have even postulated that it’s actually a hallucination rather than a real weather phenomenon [ https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn18918-mysterious-ball-lightning-may-be-a-hallucination/?ignored=irrelevant ]. As the name suggests, ball lightning appears as a spherical or spheroidal ball of light, between one centimeter and one meter in size and variously colored as purple, green, white, or orange. Just like normal lightning, ball lightning seems to occur primarily during thunderstorms. Ball lightning can persist for a few seconds, and the spheres travel horizontally close to ground level.”

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