Does lightning ever strike in the same spot twice?

lightning_strikeToday’s question comes from Mrs.Bowker’s 2nd grade class at Lincoln Elementary School. Does lightning ever strike in the same spot twice?  Yes, lightning can strike the same spot twice.  Objects like very tall skyscrapers or TV/radio towers are more likely to be struck twice because the space between the tall object and the cloud above is small compared to the ground and the storm cloud. When you watch a thunderstorm, you might notice that lightning sometimes looks like its flashing several times very quickly. The electric current will pulse down hitting the same place several times in a quick sequence. You could say that lightning is hitting the same place many times in a row in a very short amount of time.


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This post was written by qni_it on May 15, 2010

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  1. Justin May 15, 2010 11:29 PM

    Ive always wondered why they said lightning never strikes the same place twice. I know ive seen it hit the antenna on the sears tower multiple times. And its not like lightning “knows” where its struck before.

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