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Asked by Merlin Ankunding
Thunderstorms and Lightning
Meteorology and Weather

Why doesn’t lightning travel in a straight line?

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Mia Herzog
February 05, 2020 4:01PM
So it’s kind of a complicated process, but here’s the two-sentence version: Lightning is an electric current that takes the path of least resistance from the base of a cloud to the ground. Since the air it travels through is not uniform—variations in things like temperature, humidity, and pollutants determine how resistant air is to the charge—the lightning has to zig and zag to stay on that path.
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Chicken Boy
February 14, 2020 5:54PM
Lightning basically tries to find the path of least resistance as it travels down to the ground. But this is not always a straight because air is not a perfect mixture.
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Sandy DL
5 days ago
A more mind blowing quetions would be how does lightning know which is the path of least resistance.
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Sandy DL
5 days ago
A more mind blowing quetions would be how does lightning know which is the path of least sesistance.
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Dawson Levesque
February 12, 2020 3:49PM
lightning is basically tries to find a path with least resistance as it travels down to the ground
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DFDCDEVIL _
4 days ago
i think maybe it refracts
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Miles Edelryd
5 days ago
Metal.
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MLG Gamer 77
February 13, 2020 4:13PM
because it wants to
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Mr gamer good
February 12, 2020 5:54PM
cos it is eclstcsete and it just fiys all over the plaes
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Rayna Larsen
February 12, 2020 5:24PM
i dont know i dont wanna know and i dont wanna answer you or any more of your pointless questions
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Gabby Glick
February 12, 2020 1:57AM
bacause it dosent want to.
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Rayna Larsen
February 11, 2020 7:57PM
because it doesnt deal with it
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Arleece Albers
February 11, 2020 8:49PM
it is the clouds and clouds move