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 and lightning can strike twice or even thrice or hundreds of times in the same place, like the Empire State Building of New York for example, which gets hit about 25 times a year.

And as for people, just be really glad you're not Roy Sullivan. Poor Roy, a park ranger at Shenandoah National Park, 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?

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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 (207)
  • lanes-And
    3/24/2015 - 03:58 p.m.

    Lighting may strike any where in the world so you may not see it and there could a bad storm somewhere else witch makes lighting bolts may spike up there.

  • matthewsh-And
    3/24/2015 - 04:01 p.m.

    Wow. I cant believe that a ;lighting strike can strike twice or even more in the same place. I've always thought that that a strike strikes different every time.

  • amyf-And
    3/24/2015 - 04:01 p.m.

    Lightning can strike 50 time a second on earth. We don't see lightning more than once because the earth is big and it can happen anywhere in earth.

  • kaiat-And
    3/24/2015 - 04:02 p.m.

    In this article I learned that the old saying that lighting never strikes twice is a lie because lighting strikes 50 times per second. Lighting can strike twice or even hundreds of times in one place.

  • madilynp-And
    3/24/2015 - 04:17 p.m.

    We dont see lightening more often because it's all in different cities and states of the world so we won't be able to see it all.

  • savannahe-And
    3/24/2015 - 04:27 p.m.

    We do not see lightning more often because there are so many lighting bolts per second that we do not see all of them because some are stronger than others.

  • mickenzien-And
    3/24/2015 - 04:52 p.m.

    I think it is very strange to say lightning only strikes once but also if it does strike so often why don't we see or here it as much as we do. America needs a warning for storms so people can stay in and not get killed by lightning.

  • Nikhiln-Cla
    3/24/2015 - 05:18 p.m.

    Lightning can strike the same place over and over again but it moves so fast that we only see one lightning bolt when they strike the Earth

  • greta01
    3/24/2015 - 05:24 p.m.

    Even though, according to Smithsonian.com, "lightning strikes the Earth about 50 times a second," we barely see it. This could be because it strikes in places with little or no population, so it is not seen. Also, we could just not be looking at the right time because it happens in a flash.

  • Maddie_2001
    3/24/2015 - 05:34 p.m.

    "Lighting strikes the Earth about 50 times a second and lighting can strike twice or even thrice or hundreds of times in the same place." So it is true, lighting can strike the Earth twice in the same place. I thought for most of my life until now that lighting can not strike the earth twice. Science is the base of all of this madness because so scientist, before any profe said that that would never happen.

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