The end of August is prime time for summer thunderstorms. To help keep you aware and safe we have compiled a short list of lightning myths and reality. We say, stay inside with a BFF and enjoy watching the lightning from inside your home!
Myth: Lightning only occurs when it is raining.
Reality: Lightning can strike three to 10 miles outside of a thunderstorm cloud, and lightning can travel within clouds.
Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
Reality: If a particular place is prone to lightning strikes, it may be struck more than once. For example, the Empire State Building is hit by lightning an average of 25 times a year.
Myth: Rubber car tires or even the rubber soles on the bottom of shoes will insulate you from lightning.
Reality: A few inches of rubber are no match for the awesome power of a bolt of lightning. In fact, it has been calculated that you would need solid rubber tires about a mile thick to be properly insulated against lightning.