How Far Can a Single Bolt of Lightning Travel?

This question may or may not have ever occurred to you. As a meteorologist, I’ve wondered about this for years. But I’m a bit of a weather geek and these sorts of questions float through my brain. Well we have an answer from the World Meteorological Organization. “The world’s greatest extent for a single lightning flash is a single flash that covered a horizontal distance of 709 ± 8 km (440.6 ± 5 mi) across parts of southern Brazil on 31 October 2018.” That’s about 40 miles farther than the distance from Columbia to Washington, DC. Yes – a very long way. Here’s an article with more details, written by @DrShepherd2013


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