Lightning Infographic Gives Us Science Behind The Dangerous Beauty

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Spring is coming for us here in the U.S.--at least, it's supposed to be, even if Mother Nature hasn't gotten the memo yet--and with the warmer weather comes storms. For those of us who enjoy a good round of lightning and thunder, impending storm season is a good time to hunker down with a scary movie and a batch of chocolate chip cookies. For some, though, a storm is a good chance to see science in action.

Weather Underground has released a new infographic showing us the story behind those streaks of electricity, and it's beautifully done. Plus, Nikola Tesla gets a mention!

lightning infographic

It's always a good idea to protect your home as much as possible before storm season arrives. This includes pruning back tree branches that could damage siding, windows or vehicles; putting aside an emergency kit with bottled water, non-perishable food items, and a flashlight with extra batteries; checking out flood insurance if you live in an area prone to flooding; and making sure you have a surge protector installed for your electronics.

Image via Wunderground

Amanda Crum
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum