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Let's find out more about Lightnings. The Cloud to Ground lightning makes up 25% of all lightnings produced and the most dangerous! The Lightning discharge is initiated by a downward moving step leader (paths of broken down air) between the cloud and the ground. Lightning bolt can reach a temperature of 30,000 degrees celsius, 6 times hotter than the sun!!! ...
Do you know that lightning actually began with ice cubes (Frozen Rain) bumping into each other in the clouds?
These collisions build up an electrical charge, with "Positive" charges at the top and "Negative" charges at the bottom of the cloud.
Intra-Cloud Lightning happens when strikes occur between the "Positive" and "Negative" areas within the same cloud. The bolt is seldom visible, but appears as flashes in the sky.
Inter-Cloud Lightning, strike occurs between the oppositely charge areas of separate clouds. Strike passes through clear air and create a stunning bolt of light, particularly hazardous to airplanes.
Stay tune for more info about Cloud-to-Ground Lightning in our next posting. Adios!!!