What is ball lightning?

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What is ball lightning?

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Ball lightning is a rare but little know form of lightning that has the form of a moving globe of several centimeters across it which persists for periods of up to a minute.

The causes of ball lightning and its relation to common lightning are not known, but among the suggested explanations are: air or gas behaving abnormally, high-density plasma phenomena, an air vortex containing luminous gases, and microwave radiation trapped within a plasma bubble.

The farthest lightning can travel is 25 miles away from a storm.

The state that sees the most lightning is Texas.

The state of Texas has always had the highest lightning count than any other state because of it's size and location.

Death by lightning is rare and the odds of getting struck by lightning or dying from a lightning strike are less than 1 in a million.

Also nearly 90% of people struck by lightning do survive.

The state that has the most lightning deaths per years is Florida, followed by Texas, Colorado, North Carolina and Alabama.

Lightning strike deaths also vary by region, time of year and day of the week.

Washington, D.C. is the state that has the least lightning strikes.

The state that is lightning Alley is Florida.

The corridor from Tampa Bay, FL to Titusville, FL is lightning Alley which gets the most lightning in the United States on an annual basis.

The states that have the worst lightning are Florida and Texas.

Texas has a higher lightning count than any other state including Florida which is because of it's size and location.

Florida ranks highest for lightning density, with an average of 109.84 lightning strikes per square kilometer last year.

The state of Texas ranks highest for the total number of lightning strikes, with 27,696,688 strikes last year.

Superbolt lightning is a type of lightning that is the most powerful lightning on earth that discharges so strong that the lightning strikes cannot be reproduced in a laboratory.

Superbolt lightning produces as much power as 10 billion to 1 trillion watts of electrical power which is enough power to power a U.S home for 1 month or longer.

Spider lightning is a type of lightning that has long, horizontally traveling flashes that are most often seen on teh underside of stratiform clouds.

The spider lightning is also often linked to +CG flashes.

Dark lightning is a burst of what is called gamma rays which is produced by the collision of very fast moving electrons as well as molecules which takes place during thunderstorms.

The dark lightning is also referred to as a terrestrial gamma ray flash.

Red lightning is lightning that is red in color and is also caused by a build up of electrical charge in clouds although in the case of red lightning the excess charge is released into the ionosphere around 50 miles up instead of to the ground.

The 4 types of lightning are.
Intracloud lightning.
Ground to Cloud lightning.
Cloud to Air lightning.
Positive cloud to ground lightning.

Another type of lighting is Cloud to ground lightning or intercloud lightning.

The rarest kind of lightning is ball lightning also called globe lightning which is a rare aerial phenomenon in the form of a luminious sphere which is most often several centimeters in diameter.

Cloud to ground lightning is rare but also the most dangerous form of lightning.

Cloud to ground lightning is negatively charged and the negatively charged storm base, positive charge begins to pool within the surface of the earth and the positive charge will shadow the storm wherever it goes and is responsible for the cloud to ground lightning.

Cloud to ground lightning occurs every single second and about 100 cloud to ground lightning strikes the ground every second.

Cloud to ground lightning occurs every single second and about 100 cloud to ground lightning strikes the ground every second.

The cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, only make up approximately 20% of all lightning strikes.

Cloud to ground lightning means that the lightning strike occurs between the clouds and the ground.

Cloud to air lightning is when lighting occurs when the air around the positively charged cloud top then reaches out to the negatively charged air around it.

The state that has the most cloud to ground lightning is the state of Texas and they have recorded at least 41,914,516 lightning strikes.

Most lighting strikes are not cloud to ground as around 20 percent of all lightning strikes are cloud to ground.

Cloud to ground lightning strike are rare.

Rainbow lightning does exist although it's very rare to see rainbow lightning as the chances of the lightning flashing near a rainbow are very slim.

Black lightning is pretty rare as there is around only one dark lightning or black lightning occurs for every 1,000 visible lightning flashes.

The most powerful form of lightning is positive lightning that is what you really need to watch out for as it not only tends to come after the storm seems to have passed but also produces much more energy than a negative form of lightning.

Negative lightning produces only 300 million volts and 30,000 amps and positive lightning produces nearly a billion volts and 300,000 amps.

The most powerful lightning ever was discovered during a sky piercing strike with 300 coulombs of energy which was transferred from the origin point at the top of the cloud and to the lower edges of space which is an area that is known as the ionosphere.

The most lightning in the US is in the state of Florida which ranks highest for lightning strike density with an average of 109.84 lightning strikes per square kilometer.

The state of Texas also ranks the highest for the total number of lightning strikes with an average of 27,696,688 lightning strikes per year.

The city that gets the most lightning strikes is Four Corners Florida which is outside Orlando Florida.

Four Corners Florida has a lightning density of 474 lightning strikes per square kilometer.

The rarest color of lightning is pink or green lightning which is seen during snowstorms and is known as thundersnow.

Thundersnow is rare and the unique sky color is caused by snow flakes refracting and reflecting the white lightning bolt in a unique way.

The reason it's unsafe to be at the beach during a lightning storm is because you will be more vulnerable to being struck directly by lightning because when you're on the beach you are most often the tallest thing in the immediate area that makes you more vulnerable and prone to being struck by lightning.

The state that has the least lightning strikes is Washington.

The district of Columbia also has the least lightning strikes but Washington is the least lightning prone state..

Washington sees around only 21,000 lightning strikes per year with an average of 0.3 lightning strikes per square mile which is between 1 and 2 percent of the number of lightning strikes that Florida gets in a year.

The thickness of a lightning bolt is between 2 to 3 cm.

The diameter of a lightning bolt is about a 0.5 to 1 inch (1.3 to 2.5 centimeters) wide, but can be up to 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) wide.

The average length of a lightning bolt from a cloud to the ground is 3 to 4 miles (4.8 to 6.4 kilometers) long.

Lightning is so fast because it has no weight or mass and it travels at the same speed of light.

And light is made of electromagnetic waves and it travels at that speed, because that is exactly how quickly waves of electricity and magnetism travel through space.

Lightning is faster than a bullet.

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