One weather myth I get asked about frequently by readers is, does lightning ever strike (the same place) twice? Yes, it does. Places like the Empire State Building get struck 100 times a year. And besides, a lightning "strike" is actually composed of several different strikes travelling over the same path (see 3rd strike in this video). So technically one strike is several.
To put another spin on "lightning strikes twice," NASA also released a document in 2003 pointing out that the same lightning strike often strikes twice, or even three times, in fact the average "strike" hits 1.45 places on earth.
LIGHTNING STRIKES THRICE
If you're wondering whether lightning ever strikes a place without a lightning rod twice, I can tell you of a tall pine tree near my parents' house that was hit by lightning multiple times during my youth. But more concrete proof comes from an article just posted last night regarding a church steeple that was hit twice by lightning in the same night.
Need more proof? The wonderful Mythbusters at Discovery Channel have uncovered stock video footage of lightning striking a building twice in a row in this video.
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There's been a lot of news on amateur drones since I tested the DJI Phantom Quadcopter for storm chasing purposes last fall. Not to drone on, but let's take it from the top.
Today I'm pleased to announce a new suite of world radar maps and advisories from the national weather services of several countries on AccuWeather.com.
There's much ado this week about the polar vortex visiting the U.S. this week, but it wasn't long ago that we set over 7,800 cold records in July.
I caught an awesome lightning storm on the Dropcam at AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions' office in downtown Wichita Wednesday night.
Hurricane Arthur set a number of records and caused damage across eastern North Carolina. View the storm through maps, webcams and more.
Meteorologically, Hurricane Arthur is a beautiful storm -- almost a textbook example of a hurricane, especially when the right color palettes are applied.