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Lightning
Why Lightning Occurs
Types of Lightning
Prevention Techniques
Monitoring and Detection
Further Information
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  • Approximately 1,000 thunderstorms are continuously in progress over the earth's surface.
  • On average 100 people are killed every year by lightning in the USA alone and millions of pounds worth of damage is caused.
  • A lightning strike usually carries between 35,000 and 40,000 amps.
  • A single bolt can deliver temperatures upto 50,000 degrees celcius.
  • Thunderclouds are believed to maintain the atmospheres electrical potential relative to the earth.