Does lightning originate at the ground?

Does lightning come from the ground NO ! Like trees, houses and people, lightning can hit everything outside during lightning storms, including cars. … The lightning then travels through the outer casing of the vehicle, then through the tires to the ground.

The answer is both. Cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning comes from the sky down, but the part you see comes from the ground up. A typical cloud-to-ground flash lowers a path of negative electricity (that we cannot see) towards the ground in a series of spurts.

The next thing we wondered was; does Lightning really travel from the ground up?

It actually does come from ground up typically a lightning stroke is caused by a step leader that breaks down the insulation of the air, when it reaches the ground the brilliant flash you see is the lightning discharge returning from the ground to its source although in rare cases you can have cloud to ground lightning.

What happens when lightning strikes the ground?

When lightning strikes the ground or an object on the ground, the discharge occurs in and along the ground surface (not deep into the ground). This creates a dangerous and potentially deadly ground current near the lightning strike . Ground current is responsible for killing many farm animals on a yearly basis.

Another frequent query is “Why does Lightning want to go in the ground?”.

Heat doesn’t rise. Heat is the random movement of molecules and travels from hot to cold in all directions. Lightning isn’t heat. It’s plasma resulting from air being ionized and superheated by an electric charge jumping between cloud and ground or two clouds. Lightning doesn’t always go down.

You can follow the following steps to protect yourself and others during a storm: Do not stay outdoors when a thunderstorm has started. Always hurry back indoors. Staying safe indoors : Do not touch any electrical appliances or switches with wet hands, and preferably keep the heavy appliances switched off. Help Others: If other people are stranded or stuck outdoors, take them in and help them.