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El Salvador’s top surfer dies at 22 after being struck by lightning : sports

by MD Samsuzzaman Siyam

This will probably get buried but I thought I’d lend my knowledge as an atmospheric scientist.

There’s a kind of lightning called a “positive cloud-to-ground strike” that can strike up to 15 miles away from clouds. These strikes are actually quite rare (>5% of strikes) but are much, much more powerful (up to 1billion V, 300,000 amps) than normal lightning. When you hear of “bolts from the blue,” it’s likely a positive strike.

Additionally, researchers have found that lightning can propagate from any clouds touching the main storm clouds. You can be in bright blue skies and have a lightning strike because of high altitude clouds that are connected to a thunderstorm.

This truly is a terrible accident. My heart goes out to the family, friends, and community of this talented human being.

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