The Building of the Dreadful Lightning ~ Kwentology

Kwento of Lightning

The Formation of Lightning

When I was a kid, I am really terrified everytime I heard thunderclaps and the flashing light. Due to my curiosity I really wanted to know the truth behind old folks used to say that St. Peter is playing with his bowling ball. Let me ask you a thing. Have you ever get shocked by a spark of static electricity in the rainy or wet season? That spark is a mini version of a lightning bolt. Static electricity takes place when an object packed with a charge of electrons suddenly gets rid of the charge all at once. The same thing happens in a cloud during a storm.

Inside the cloud, currents of air rise and fall. An updraft carries droplets of water at the bottom of the cloud to a freezing region 35,000 to 75,000 feet high. At the same time, downdrafts send ice and hail from the top of the cloud to the bottom. When the water droplets and icy particles bump each other, electrons get knocked off the rising particles and collect on the falling particles. Soon, the bottom area of the cloud has a negative charge and the top has a positive charge.

Positive and negative charges attract each other. The electric field between the top and bottom of the cloud builds up until a giant spark of electricity-a lightning bolt-shoots from one part of the cloud to the other. Lightning can also strike between two clouds. Sometimes, the electrical charge will shoot from the cloud to the ground. But almost four-fifths of all lightning strikes take place inside the clouds.

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During a person's lifetime, he or she has about a 1 in 5,000 chance of being struck by lightning. Luckily, nine out of 10 people who have been struck by lightning survive.
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