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Can Lightning Strike the Same Place Twice?

Ask Leny

Dear Leny Leaf, Can Lightning Strike the Same Place Twice?

Yes it can.

Tall objects are lightning’s favorite spot because most positive energy is abundant the higher the object is from the ground. I learned this the hard way when I was sky diving in a storm. For example the Empire state building was struck by lightning 25 times in one year.

My Cousin, Thomas the Tree, told me that one of the reasons lightning strikes is because of electron overload. That is when there are more electrons than protons which will create a negative charge that strikes the highest positive charge.

Lightning can travel 60,000 miles per hour. Imagine a car traveling at 60 mph and times by 1,000.

Stay off of tall towers during storms.

This is a message from the National Electron Agency.