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Wheeler: What happens when lightning strikes

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Any square mile of land in the Fargo-Moorhead area will receive an average of about five lightning strikes per year.

A particularly vivid lightning storm passing over the area might make this number seem too low. However, most lightning does not strike the ground but remains within the cloud. In-cloud lightning is the result of charge separation within the cloud itself.


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