When It Strikes

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Most Dangerous Types Of Lightning

One of the most dangerous types of cloud-to-ground lightning are bolts from the blue. A " Bolt from the Blue" is a cloud-to-ground lightning flash. It typically comes out of the thunderstorm cloud, travels a relatively large distance in clear air away from the storm cloud, & then angles down and strikes the ground.

Lightning Flashes

Lightning flashes have been documented to travel more than 25 miles away from the thunderstorm cloud. Bolts from Blue lightning flashes are particularly dangerous types of lightning flashes, as they appear to come out of the clear sky.

The Most Common Form Of Lightning.

Intracloud lightning, the most common form of lightning, the transfers to charge occurs between the most negatively and most positively charged areas, the middle and upper parts of the cloud, respectively. Lightning that strikes the ground does so because precipitation or the storms progression creates an excess of net negative charge in the mid-levels of the cloud. This results in either a direct ground strike or a bolt form the blue.