The World Meteorological Organization confirmed 2 stunning new world records that occurred in
South America on the longest single lightning flashes in terms of distance and time.
⚡The longest distance lightning bolt, measuring 709km long, lit up the skies over Brazil on October 31, 2018. (This distance is almost equivalent to double the distance between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur).
⚡A second world record was confirmed for a single lightning flash in North Argentina on March 4, 2019 that lasted for an amazing 16.73 seconds.
New satellite lightning imagery technology has enabled these flash records to be detected and verified.
?? According to Professor Randall Cerveny, chief rapporteur of Weather and Climate Extremes for the WMO, “These are extraordinary records from single lightning flash events. Environmental extremes are living measurements of what nature is capable. It is likely that even greater extremes still exist, and that we will be able to observe them as lightning detection technology improves.”
How does lightning occur?
? Lightning is an electric, static charge caused between rain clouds & the ground or within the clouds themselves.
? It occurs when the negative charges (electrons) at the bottom of the cloud are attracted to the positive charges (protons) on the ground.
Places of Intense Lighting:
?? The Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa is known to have one the highest frequency of lightning on Earth.
?? Singapore too has one of the highest rates of lightning activity and sees anywhere between 171 and 186 lightning days on average a year.
?? Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela has received lightning flashes several times per minute and this place is known to have one of the highest number of lightning strikes per square kilometer in the world.
Use the 30/30 Rule when Lightning strikes!
If you see lightning and can’t count to 30 before hearing thunder then stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder!