It’s hard to know what to believe when it comes to these old sayings. The old wives keep us pretty busy with their chatter. Still, there is some truth to a lot of tales and fables. Does lightning ever strike twice in the same place? If you wish on a star, does it come true? There is no controlling mother nature. My opinion is that lightning will strike wherever it darn well pleases. It’s incapable of making a calculated decision. Still, some say lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Is it true?
What Attracts Lightning and What Makes Thunder?
Lightning is attracted by an opposite charge. The place lightning strikes provides a link between the two charges. Thunder is not the clouds banging together. It’s the noise two opposite charges make when they come together. Even though we might describe the crack of lightning and the boom of thunder as two separate things, they are actually caused by one event.
Why Does Lightning Zig Zag?
On it’s way down to earth, lightning may change it’s mind as to where it’s going. It’s attracted to the closest and strongest source of the opposite charge. It may find one source, head toward it, then change direction and head for a closer or stronger source. All this mind changing causes the zig zag appearance of lightning as it flashes across the sky.
What is the Most Likely Place for Lightning to Strike?
Lightning most often heads for taller objects. Likely this is also because it looks for the closest and strongest source of attraction. Lightning does not always strike the tallest spot around. That’s because another source may be closer or have a stronger attraction. So, now that you understand lightning, you may understand the answer to the question, Can lightning strike twice in the same place?”
Does Lightning Ever Strike Twice in the Same Place?
Not only does lightning strike twice in the same place, there are many places where lightning strikes over and over again. Think about lightning rods or famous tall buildings or structures such as the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building. These places get struck by lightening more than 20 times a year. So, there you have it. Lightening does strike twice in the same place. Sometimes more.