Why doesn’t LIGHTNING strike the same place twice?

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Lightning does strike the same place twice. Lighting tends to strike the highest and pointiest object, because it is an electrical current being attracted to the easiest path. If your church steeple is on a hill, it is going to be struck many times. The Empire State Building in New York City gets struck by lightning 100 times a year according to the National Weather Service. One spot on the Catatumbo River in Venezuela receives thousands of lightning strikes a  night (many of them cloud to cloud) as researched by Nelson Falcon of the University of Carabobo.

TRUTH: The old saying that 'lightning never strikes the same place twice' is another myth that any veteran storm observer or researcher has seen nature defy. Lightning can strike any location more than once. In fact, given enough time, it is actually inevitable. It may take as little as less than ten minutes within a single thunderstorm, or longer than a million years - but lightning will eventually strike the same spot again and again. A strike to any location does nothing to change the electrical activity in the storm above, which will produce another strike as soon as it 'recharges'. The previously hit location is then just as fair game for the next discharge as any other spot.

Examples of lightning striking twice - and more!

  • 17 skyscraper strikes in one night: On the evening of June 30, 2014, Chicago's three tallest skyscrapers were struck by lightning 17 times - 10 strikes to the Sears (Willis) Tower, 8 to the Trump Tower, and 4 to the John Hancock Center.


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