Lightning Facts

  • An average lightning strike contains 15 million volts of electricity and will instantly heat up the air around it to over 50,000°F, which is five times hotter than the surface of the sun!
  • About 100 lightning bolts strike the earth’s surface every second which translates to around 8 million strikes per day and over 3 billion each year!
  • Lightning has been known to strike over 10 miles away from the heaviest rain in a thunderstorm.
  • The lightning from distant thunderstorms can be seen up to a 100-miles away. But thunder can only be heard less than 15 miles in a quiet rural setting and under 5 miles in a noisy city.