LIGHTNING

Gene Griffin

Lightning is a massive electrostatic discharge beetween the electrically charged regions within clouds or beetween a cloud and the Earth's surface. The charged regions within the atmosphere temporarily equalize themselves through a lightning flash, commonly refered as a strike if it hits an object on the ground. There are three primary types of lightning; from a cloud to itself (intra-cloud or IC); from one cloud to another cloud (CC) and beetween a cloud and the ground (CG). Although lightning is always accompanied by the sound of thunder, distant lightning may be seen but too far away for the thunder to be heard.

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