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Caption: Lightning. Bolt of cloud-to-ground lightning hitting a channel marker in the Key Large marina, Florida, USA. Lightning occurs when a large electrical charge builds up in a cloud, probably due to the rapid movement of water droplets and ice particles in its turbulent interior. The charge is attracted to the oppositely-charged ground, and a few leader electrons travel from one to the other. When one makes contact, there is a huge backflow of energy along the path of the electron. This produces a bright flash of light and temperatures of up to 30,000 degrees Celsius.

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Keywords: 11 september 2002, 11/09/2002, adverse, boat, bolt, channel marker, cloud, cloud-to-ground, clouds, discharge, discharging, earthing, electrical, extreme, harbour, horizon, illuminating, jetty, lightning, meteorology, ocean, sea, severe, storm, stormy, weather, yacht

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