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Lightning is a natural phenomenon that occurs more often than we think it does That streaking flash followed by a loud rumbling noise that makes your knees buckle is very dangerous because of its unpredictable striking force Being struck by lightning can be deadly so the more precautions you take ahead of time the safer you are Lightning not only affects us it also has a great impact on our man-made structures and of course our natural surroundings According to Professor Martin Uman one of the worlds leading lightning experts Lightning is an effect of electrification within a thunderstorm As the thunderstorm develops interactions of charged particles produce an intense electrical field within the cloud A large positive charge is usually concentrated in the frozen upper layers of the cloud and a large negative charge with a smaller positive are is found in the lower portions 4This produces what you see a lightning flash which may be two or 300 feet long 25 The flash itself may be only as wide as a pencil but because it is extremely hot hotter than the sun its glow appears to be very wide to the human eye When lightning pushes the air from its path it expands it quickly causing a loud explosion which we call thunder 25 William R Newcott part of the National Geographic Editorial Staff describes lightning as a river of electricity rushing through a canyon of air Moving SIC fast as 100000 miles a second lightning sears wild and unstoppable through twisted channel as long as ten miles 83 he explained Lightning being a natural occurrence is very unpredictable which makes it even more dangerous Martin Uman director of the University of Floridas Lightning Research Laboratory is quoted in Omni saying A man was
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