Roy Sullivan: the human lightning rod

Roy Sullivan: The human lightning rod

Every day there are about 40.000 storms that discharge more than 17 million of lightning strikes on Earth. That is, 200 lightnings per second.…


Dirty storm - lightning in volcanic eruptions

Dirty thunderstorms

PHOTOGRAPHY: SERGIO TAPIRO VELASCO. A powerful eruption illuminates the slopes of the Colima volcano in Mexico on December 13, 2015. Winning…


Myths about lightning

Lightning: Myths and reality

Storms and lightnings are exciting meteorological phenomena, but it is necessary to be forewarned, since they have a high mortality and accident…


lightning impacts on car

What would happen to your car if a lightning hits it while you drive it?

There are days of storm when we ask ourselves what would happen to our car if lightning struck it. First of all, it should be noted that the…


how far is a storm

How far is a storm? 30-30 Rule

Calculating how far a storm is is quite simple and very necessary. This can help you to seek refuge if, by surprise, the sky darkens and the first…


recoil hit

Recoil hit

The recoil hit is a type of shock that can cause the death of a person or animal even if it is far from the area of lightning impact. This occurs…


ball lightnings

Ball lightnings & sprites

There are other types of natural phenomena related to electrical storms. Two of the most curious phenomena are Ball Lightning, also known as the…


types of lightning

Types of lightning: classification

There are different types of lightning. These can be classified by the direction of the line and depending on whether the discharge occurs between…


Fulgurites

The fulgurites

The term fulgurite comes from “fulgur”, which is equivalent to the word lightning in Latin. Fulgurites or “petrified lightnings” are metamorphic…


dry lightning

What is a dry lightning?

The conditions for a dry lightning occur are the same as in any storm, the interaction between particles with different charges. It is believed that…