Does Lightning Come From the Ground?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 7:48:15 AM ET
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Lightning originates in the sky, but the part of the cloud-to-ground lightning visible to the human eye comes from the positive electrical charge that responds to the invisible negative electrical charge sent from the clouds. Lightning helps the ground and the atmosphere exchange and balance positive and negative energy.