Facts

  • Lightning is a form of electrical discharge between clouds or between a cloud and the ground.
  • Lightning reaches 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, fours times as hot as the sun's surface.
  • The average lightning strike is 6 miles long.
  • Voltage in a cloud-to-ground strike is 100 million to 1 billion volts.
  • Americans are twice as likely to die from lightning than from a hurricane, tornado or flood.
  • 20% of all lightning victims die from the strike. 70% of survivors will suffer serious long-term effects.
  • There are over 8,000,000 lightning strikes a day worldwide.
  • There are more than 10,000 forest fires caused by lightning a year.

    Information gathered from StrikeAlert