Science of Lightning

Even today, scientists do not know everything related to what goes on during a lightning strike. Research is ongoing world wide to better know and understand this – the most destructive of nature’s phenomenon.

Some things are certain though.

Distribution of Lightning

The distribution of lightning is not uniform over the entire globe.

Lightning Density

Lightning also varies over the surface of the United States as well. You can see the map of US lightning distribution here.


This video shows thunderstorms over Argentina as seen from above in the space shuttle.

The following video illustrates the threat that lightning presents nationwide.