Lightning is one of the most fascinating and spectacular natural phenomena. The powerful electrostatic discharge that it represents lights up the sky during electrical storms.
Nevertheless, we must not forget that lightning strikes Earth with great force, and without appropriate protection and prevention it is potentially hazardous for people, animals, buildings and electrical and electronic equipment.
How is lightning formed?
Why does thunder sound?
Is it possible to have lightning without rain?
Types of lightning
- Cloud-to-cloud lightning goes from one cloud to another.
- Intra-cloud lightning exists within the same cloud between areas with different charges.
- Cloud-to-air lightning is formed by electrical discharges towards the stratosphere.
- Cloud-to-ground lightning is produced from a cloud towards the ground. This type of lightning is the one we have to protect ourselves from because of the danger it poses when striking beings or structures located on Earth.