Even though the odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in 12,000, some famous people have been the victim of nature’s electrical fury. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, actor Jim Caviezel, pro golfer Lee Trevino, and Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell all lived to describe their close encounter with lightning.
US Park Ranger Roy Sullivan defied those odds seven times!
He survived each strike.
People who are struck by lightning are often temporarily covered with what’s known as red Lichtenberg figures, which are branching tree-like patterns created by the passage of high voltage electrical discharges along the skin.
Astraphobia is the fear of thunder and lightning.
The study of lightning is known as fulminology.
The energy from one lightning strike could power a 100-watt
light bulb for 3 months.
Lightning starts with a negative charge in a cloud and a positive charge below on Earth. While the two charges attempt to create a circuit, the air between the clouds and Earth blocks the connection — until a giant spark of electricity discharges, moving to the ground in a powerful downstroke. It’s nature’s way of balancing positive and negative charges.
When a lightning bolt hits the ground it is so hot that it can melt and fuse sand, silica, and some soils, forming fulgurite – a hollow tube extremely similar to glass.