This is what a lightning waterfall might look like.
A violent thunderstorm hit the city of Mudanya in Türkiye on June 16. Uğur İkizler is an astrophotographer He also set up his camera and captured more than 100 lightning strikes in 50 minutes near his home. Then he combined the footage he received into a single image, and the end result was harsh and a bit scary, or as he puts it: “Thunderstorm was a wonderful visual feast”:
You may not have known, but…
- Lightning has voltages between 100 million and 1 billion volts and currents of several billion amperes, and according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this energy can raise the temperature of the surrounding air by between 10,000 and 33,000 degrees Celsius – just for reference: the surface of the sun ∼5500 °C.
- the United kingdom meteorological service, According to the Met Office 1.4 billion lightning strikes occur worldwide every year, roughly 4 million strikes per day, which means 44 per second.
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