Lightning strikes at night

Lightning strikes at night

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Credit: FRANK ZULLO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lightning. Several lightning bolts striking the ground. Lightning occurs when a large, electrical charge builds up in a cloud. The exact reason why this charge builds up is unclear, but it is probably caused by the rapid movement of water droplets and ice particles within the cloud. This charge builds up until it creates an ionised path to the ground. The charge then rapidly passes through this pathway, producing bright light and temperatures up to 30,000 degrees Celsius. Photographed at Phoenix in Arizona, USA. The lightning strike at left pulsed with light five times and was bright enough to allow nearby hills to be seen.

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Keywords: arizona, city, climate, electrical storm, environment, lightning, lightning over, lightning strike, meteorology, multiple, night, storm, storms, usa, weather

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