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Lightning Myths

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The Lightning Myths article has been part of this site for over 20 years. There are many myths about lightning that have been accepted as common knowledge for centuries. New discoveries and evidence has proved many of these false, although many myths are still widely propagated through news media, word-of-mouth, the internet and even textbooks. The following list aims to debunk the most common misconceptions about lightning.

Wearing an Ipod and headphones will attract lightning.
A Surge Protector will protect against all lightning strikes.
Small metal objects attract lightning, and I'm safer outside without any metal nearby.
Lightning never strikes in the same place twice.
The "world record lightning strike" means that lightning can strike 200 miles away from a thunderstorm.
During a recent videotaped lightning storm, a strike showed up only inches/feet from my camera.
"Catatumbo lightning" is a unique type of lightning created by swamps.
Lightning only strikes very tall objects / Lightning always strikes the tallest object.
Lightning only strikes good conductors (such as metal).
Wearing jewelry, wearing shoes with metal cleats or carrying metal objects such as tripods, golf clubs and umbrellas will attract lightning and make me more susceptible to a strike.
Lightning rods 'discharge' a cloud and prevent a lightning strike / It is possible to 'drain' the charge from a storm.
Lightning rods attract lightning.
Lightning doesn't strike water.
Lightning could be used as a power source.
Rubber shoes or boots insulate and therefore protect against a lightning strike.
'Heat Lightning' is a strange phenomenon caused by hot weather.

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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