Lightning is caused by an electric current inside a thundercloud that connects with the ground beneath the cloud. Lightning occurs when tiny pieces of ice start bumping into one another as they travel through the air. Th... More » Science Physics Electricity

Sticky car decals, clothing designs, desktop wallpapers and illustrations are four creative uses for lightning bolt graphics. Lightning bolt graphics can have either a realistic or cartoonish look. More » Art & Literature Graphic Design

Thunder, the sound that follows lightning, comes from rapid air expansion around the lightning bolt. The heat from lightning causes the air around the bolt to reach temperatures of over 40,000 degrees Fahrenheit rapidly.... More » Science Physics Electricity
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