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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Thunder is caused by lightning, so it cannot happen independently. The loud cracking sound of thunder occurs when lightning raises the surrounding air temperature by thousands of degrees, causing it to rapidly expand and... More »