Facts about lightning and outdoors safety

  • Updated: June 5, 2014 - 2:34 PM

1 When you see distant lightning, begin counting. Head for shelter if you hear thunder before the count of 30.

 

2 If you can hear thunder, it’s safe to assume you’re within 10 miles of a storm.

 

3 Lightning carries a charge of roughly 100 million volts.

 

4 A lightning bolt can heat the surrounding air to 54,000 degrees, several times hotter than the surface of the sun.

 

5 Lightning is visible up to 300 miles away. The distant flashes we see on warm summer nights are from thunderstorms far away.

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