In conclusion: even though lightning under raining conditions is very frequent, it can also occur without any sign of precipitation. In any case, it is important to make sure that installed lightning rods work properly under adverse weather conditions.
Yes, absolutely with no rain at ground level. Both cloud to cloud and cloud to ground lightning can happen with no ground-level rain. The electrical energy that powers the lightning comes from the action of water droplets and/or ice crystals in clouds but whether or not any of the water or ice makes it to the ground is a separate issue.
Yes, thunder and lightning can occur without rain . It’s usually called “dry lightning”. However, thunder and lightning can also occur several miles away from a thunderstorm, called “bolt out of the blue”.
Some believe that that’s why you hear it when lightning strikes; the heat of the bolt basically causes the air to explode out from around the bolt, then rush back in to fill the void. Sonic boom effect. So heat lightning, thunder snow, etc all cause thunder without rain necessarily being involved.
How was there lightning but no thunder or rain?
For example: Sheet lightning – cloud-to-cloud when the viewer sees brightening of the surface of a cloud not the actual lightning flash. Forked lightning – cloud-to-ground that has branches. Ribbon lightning – high cross winds blow each successive return stroke slightly to one side of the previous return stroke, causing a ribbon effect.
Does lightning ever strike water?
Yes, lightning does hit water. This has been studied by the National Severe Storms Laboratory. According to Don Mac. Gorman “When lightning strikes the ocean or other large water bodies, it spreads out over the conducting surface.
Is lightning attracted to water?
Lightning is attracted to the ground and clouds. You may have been brought up to believe that what attracts lightning is holding or wearing metal, and this is actually false. The position of a storm relative to the location of where someone is determines where lightning will strike.
Metal roofs can be as much as two or three times more expensive than other roofing materials. Expansion, contraction and fasteners. Inconsistency of color match.
“Basically lightning stays more on the surface of the water rather than penetrating it. That’s because water is a reasonably good conductor, and a good conductor keeps most of the current on the surface.”.
Does lightning strike the ocean or lakes?
Lightning strikes both the ocean and lakes. If a fish or even a whale is unlucky enough to be close to the strike it would likely be killed. The ocean is vast and mostly empty. Fish are scarcely and irregularly distributed. Just like on land, the odds of being in the location of a lightning strike are very small.
Another common question is “Can Lightning electrocute fish in the ocean?”.
Because lightning will be atleast 20,000°Centigrade hot. Then it would eventually spread over the water surface and dissipate. This is because the sea water is salty and thus makes a good conductor. I don’t think the fishes would be electrocuted unless they are anywhere near the surface of the water.