Does lightning ever strike twice?
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Does lightning ever strike twice?
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You asked us, does lightning ever strike twice?

The old saying lightning never strikes twice is supposed to be reassuring. Well. You had this one stroke of really bad, bizarre luck. But that means the odds of it ever happening again must be zero, right?

Wrong.

Very, very wrong.

Lightning strikes the Earth about 50 times a second. It can strike twice or even three times or hundreds of times in the same place. Take the Empire State Building for example. Its in New York and gets hit about 25 times a year.

And as for people? Just be really glad you're not Roy Sullivan. Poor Roy was a park ranger at Shenandoah National Park. He was struck by lightning seven times in his lifetime.

Here's a real buzz kill for you. In the US, more people are killed by lightning than tornadoes and hurricanes put together. Seriously.

For more stories like this, check us out every day at smithsonian.com.

Critical thinking challenge: If lightning strikes the earth many times per second, why don't we see lightning more often?

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/junior/does-lightning-ever-strike-twice/

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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
If lightning strikes the earth many times per second, why don't we see lightning more often?
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COMMENTS (45)
  • fettep-Nim
    3/24/2015 - 03:24 p.m.

    I think we dont see lightning becous it is srikeing in a another state .

  • boothg-Nim
    3/24/2015 - 03:24 p.m.

    hears the reason I think we don't see lightning lightning is so fast we can't see it

  • fettep-Nim
    3/24/2015 - 03:24 p.m.

    I think we dont see lightning becous it is srikeing in a another state .

  • tayloh-Nim
    3/24/2015 - 03:25 p.m.

    I do not believe that lighting ever strike twice. Because it can hit someone hard.

  • willek-Nim
    3/24/2015 - 03:27 p.m.

    I think we can`t see lighting as much as it strikes because it`s really fast I mean it strikes 50 times per second that`s fast wouldn`t you say?! It is actually pretty interesting in the way that it strikes 50 times per second. Many people might find it scary but I really think it is really interesting. Maybe in the futer scientist will figure out why we can`t see lighting as much as it strikes.

  • sherrm-Nim
    3/24/2015 - 03:29 p.m.

    I did not know that it hits the building and does not burn down 25 times it got hit a year.

  • mayj-Nim
    3/24/2015 - 03:31 p.m.

    that's cool the Empire State Building gets hit about 25 times a year

  • Declanc-Cla
    3/24/2015 - 05:20 p.m.

    wow more people were killed by lighning than tornados and hurricanes combined and a guy struck by lighning 7 times!

  • Lillianr-Cla
    3/24/2015 - 05:25 p.m.

    "does lightning strike twice" is one of the best articles i read.#awesome :)!!!! And im glad i got time to resd this article in pasar!:)

  • CooperG-Mau
    3/26/2015 - 11:21 a.m.

    I knew that saying was not real. It is crazy that the empire state building gets struck about 25 times a year.

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