Do any of these sound familiar?
- It was a dark and stormy night…
- A flash of lightning lit his face, exposing his scar…
- The helpless female approaches a broken down house. Lightning flashes, a door creaks open, and creepy music begins to play.
In nearly every horror story, lightning plays a key part in identifying a night when a stranger will show up, who the bad guy is, and which houses are haunted. Authors and screen writers alike know that we as humans have a certain, let’s say, uneasiness, about lightning that they like to play off of. Since it has been such a tried and true symbol, lightning can almost always serve to bring the chills and have you reaching for the closest hand.
Lightning is something that many people fear irrationally. All we hear about are the horror stories which undermines the beauty that lightning can create. True, I wouldn’t want to be on top of a mountain during a lightning storm, but I’ve never really felt afraid of dying from it or having my house burn down. But even when I’m safely watching from inside a house, my adrenaline will start pumping and “fight or flight” is telling me to run away, while logic is saying to hide under my sheets, and adventure is telling me to watch and appreciate the pure power streaming down.
Lightning is created when there is an unbalanced electrical charge in the earth’s atmosphere. There are three ways for lightning to travel- cloud to cloud, inside the cloud, and cloud to ground. Lightning is always accompanied by thunder, but because the speed of sound is so much slower than the speed of light, thunder isn’t heard until seconds afterwards. It is also common to see lightning during fires, volcanic eruptions, snow storms, dust storms and tornadoes. This is because these differing natural storms kick up particles into the air. Those particles have all different electrical charges and change the conditions inside clouds and the surrounding air. Again, lightning is created when there’s an unbalanced electrical charge.
Check out these 15 of the coolest pictures of lightning that Newscom has to offer, then head back to our site to find more cool pictures of lightning that I’ve compiled. Appreciate the perfect timing these photographers had to have. Their response time had to be as fast as, well, lightning.
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