On a yearly basis, the earth hosts over 16 million storms and 3 billion
lightning strikes. The United States experiences approximately 100,000
thunderstorms with 20 million lightning strikes annually.
Lightning can heat up to 60,000 degrees Fahrenheit (about 5 times the
temperature of the sun).
Lightning carries 1 billion volts and 10,000 to 20,000 amperes of
Lightning can travel 25 to 45 miles horizontally prior to turning
downward to the ground.
A flash can be six to eight miles long.
The thickness is that of a quarter to a half dollar, though the surrounding
light makes it seem much larger.
The ground surface can be lethal up to a 60-foot radius at the time of
the strike. If the strike occurs in water, that increases to 600 feet
Compiled by APC with information from The Weather Channel, Automated
Weather Service, Inc., National Weather Service, and Global