How Does Lightning Work?

When it comes to lightning, we all know to beware of it. But, do we know exactly how it works? The whole process actually proves very interesting. To help you understand it, we’ve created a quick overview of the basics of the whole process:

Lightning Strike

We all know lightning involves electricity, but the process goes like this; In a thundercloud (usually cumulonimbus), little bits of ice collide with each other over and over, which electrically charges the air much like your feet rubbing on a carpet creates static electricity. The protons (positively charge particles) stay at the top of the cloud, and the electrons (negatively charged particles) stay at the bottom. Since positive and negative charges attract, protons begin to amass on the ground below the cloud, usually at the highest point on the ground. Eventually, these charges connect and lightning strikes. 

Did you know that more fatalities occur from lightning than from hurricanes and tornadoes combined? Anywhere between 75 and 100 people get killed by lightning annually. Lightning gets about 6 times hotter than the sun, at 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you ever hear thunder, make sure to get inside a large metal structure with grounded wiring or an automobile with close windows fast. A lot of damage can come from thunderstorms, most notably from lightning, wind and hail. If you require storm damage repair, CCC Roofing & Construction can help. To find out more, don’t hesitate to call us at (866) 967-0140.