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How Lightning Strikes

Published on April 10th, 2015

If you’ve ever experienced getting caught out in a thunderstorm, you’ve probably felt the awe of a lightning strike. Few things in nature match its power and destructive force. They get up to 54 THOUSAND degrees Fahrenheit, about 6 times hotter than the surface of the sun. If all of this has sparked an interest into how they happen, we’ve presented a brief explanation here:

The Basics:

We don’t actually know exactly how lightning strikes happen, however the prevailing theory involves the following; small bits of ice and water in thunder clouds constantly rub against each other. This creates an electrical charge in the same way that you do when you rub your feet on carpet.

Protons get knocked to the top of the cloud, and electrons rest on the underside. When these charge build up enough, they create a giant electric field. The negative electric field at the bottom of the cloud pushes away electrons on the ground, making it positively charged. When the electric field ionizes the air between the charges, it makes a pathway that allows lightning to strike.

Did you find this interesting? We hope so. Remember to always exercise caution during a thunderstorm; always seek shelter (a house or vehicle). If you have experienced roof damage from a thunderstorm, take advantage of our Tennessee Contracting Services roof repairs. To find out more, don’t hesitate to reach us at Showalter Roofing Services, Inc. for our Fairview location.

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