Thunderstorms and Lightning
Meteorology and Weather

# Why doesn’t lightning travel in a straight line?

###### Mia Herzog
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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###### HEli

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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Duane Anymouse

2021-04-30 21:06:11

Plagarism is not funny.

###### Leonard Pollock

NO!!!

It follows the easiest route to its 'earth'.

There are three types of lightning;- viz.,

Forked lightning - the classical flash seen in the sky. Travels in an erratic way to find its 'earth' point.

Ball lightning - a moving ball of glowing light.

Sheet lightning - light glows from behind the clouds.

St, Elmo's fire - seen on ship's mastheads in stormy weather.

NB Lightning is a 'stream of electrons' moving from a negatively charged region to a positively charged region.

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###### Banana

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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###### Dawson Levesque

lightning is basically tries to find a path with least resistance as it travels down to the ground

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###### Rayna Larsen

i dont know i dont wanna know and i dont wanna answer you or any more of your pointless questions

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###### Mr gamer good

cos it is eclstcsete and it just fiys all over the plaes

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###### Sandy DL

A more mind blowing quetions would be how does lightning know which is the path of least sesistance.

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###### Sandy DL

A more mind blowing quetions would be how does lightning know which is the path of least resistance.

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###### Dave Van Houten

Simply put, because of clouds, air current.

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