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MYTH: Lightning doesn't strike water.

By DAN ROBINSON
Editor/Photographer
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TRUTH: Lightning can and does strike anywhere, including on water! When a thunderstorm's level of electrical charge grows large enough, a lightning discharge is going to occur, no matter what the storm is situated over.

Every year, many people are struck by lightning while boating and swimming on rivers, lakes, and oceans. Fish are often killed in the immediate vicinity of a strike to water. Many photographs have been obtained of lightning striking water.

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Storm chaser and photographer Dan Robinson
About the Author: Dan Robinson has been a storm chaser, photographer and cameraman for 30 years. His career has involved traveling around the country covering the most extreme weather on the planet including tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, floods and winter storms. Dan has been extensively published in newspapers, magazines, web articles and more, and has both supplied footage for and appeared in numerous television productions and newscasts. He has also been involved in the research community, providing material for published scientific journal papers on tornadoes and lightning. Dan also holds an active Remote Pilot Certificate from the FAA (Part 107) for commercial drone operation.

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