Meaning: lightning is a display of electrical energy in the atmosphere.

Fast Facts:

  • in Australia between 5 and 10 people are killed by lightning strikes each year, over 100 are injured
  • a storm with lightning is called an electrical storm
  • it is cause by air friction within clouds
  • it normally strikes the highest object in the vicinity
  • thunder is the sound made when the hot air produced by lightning collides with the cool air around it
  • as light travels much faster than sound people see the flash and then hear the thunder
  • some types are: ball, forked, peal necklace, ribbon, rocket, sheet and streak