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Understanding Lightning

By John S. Jensenius, Jr., NWS Lightning Safety Specialist

understanding lightning, described in textLightning is one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. It is also one of the least understood weather phenomena. Learn more about lightning science at the links below. You can go through the site sequentially for a complete intro to lightning science or pick the topics of interest to you.

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