According to Katherine Neer of HowStuffWorks, there are several ways a person can be affected by lightning, each with different impacts. Direct strike, wherein a cloud-to-ground lightning directly hits a person or someth... More »

A bolt of lightning travels at approximately 224,000 miles per hour or approximately 3,700 miles per second. Lightning is a discharge of static electricity that has accumulated as a result of collisions between ice parti... More »

Tall buildings have lightning conductors to help transport the electrical current from a lightening strike to the ground safely. This protects the structure's electrical equipment and the materials used within the buildi... More »

A bolt of lightning travels at approximately 224,000 miles per hour or approximately 3,700 miles per second. Lightning is a discharge of static electricity that has accumulated as a result of collisions between ice parti... More »

According to the NOAA, the answer is that technically, lightning is a two-way phenomenon. The part that is visible to the naked eye goes from the ground back up to the sky, but only after a path of negatively charged ele... More »

Floods often have devastating impacts on people, ranging from loss of property to loss of life, but they also bring nutrients to flood plains and enrich the soil, explains the Natural Resources Defense Council. Many of t... More »

Though it is theoretically possible to hear thunder and then see lightning, lightning actually causes thunder, so it has to come first. Thunder is the noise that's caused by the sound of the rapid expansion of air that g... More »