# Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Lightning?

Lightning is so common that virtually all adults know what it is. Most have seen it. Many have been frightened by it. It can be associated with other weather phenomena and often is. A lot of people are even fascinated by it and feel that it is a beautiful ‘fireworks display’. In a huge number of places, lightning storms happen several times a year, at least.

Given all of this, what do you know about lightning?

• 700
• 2,400
• 1,660,000

• True
• False
• ## How often does lightning occur in the world?

• 50 times per second
• 100 times per hour
• 75 times per day

• True
• False

• True
• False

• 73%
• 50%
• 20%
• ## If you live to be 80 years old and live in the US, what are your chances of getting struck by lightning?

• 1 in 100
• 1 in 10,000
• 1 in 800,000

• True
• False
• ## How much voltage does an average lightning bolt carry?

• 1,000 volts
• 100,000 volts
• 120 million volts
• ## How wide is an average bolt of lightning?

• 4 inches
• 1.5 feet
• 8 feet

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## What do you think?

6 points

1. Good one, thanks for the knowledge.

2. \I got 6/10. This is a really interesting quiz, Rex! I absolutely love watching an electric storm. Here, we might see one on average once a year, so I guess that makes them all the more special for us ðŸ™‚ Pray tell about this one: You are as likely to be struck by lightning if you are wealthy as you are if you are poor.

• According to statistics, poor people are at least three or four times as likely to get struck by lightning as are wealthy people. I don’t think that studies have been done to actually show why that is, but my assumption is that poor people are less likely to have a solid, firm shelter to get into during a thunderstorm, while wealthy people have homes that will usually protect them. People who don’t have a shelter that will allow a discharge to flow around them are far more likely to get struck.

• Aye, that likely makes more sense than what I was thinking (that poor people were unlucky, and that it was the same bad luck that kept them poor as made them likely to be struck by lightning. Yeah, I know ðŸ™‚ )

• Oh, and we get about 20-30 thunderstorms each year. That is worrisome, considering that we are surrounded by forested hills and mountains.

3. I got six out of ten right — better than I expected. Science was never my best subject.

• That is a good score. Considering how often thunderstorms happen, it is a good thing to know about lightning.

4. Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Lightning?

You got 4 out of 10 right!

5. OMG I did not know about the lightening on a snow! That’s a good info ðŸ™‚

• It is surprising, isn’t it? Here in Montana, we have thunder-snow a few times a year, on average. They aren’t as common as thunderstorms from rain clouds, but they do happen.

6. I got 6/10. I am not sure why question #5 is False.

• Statistics show that poor people are three to four times more likely to be struck by lightning than wealthy people are. It could be because wealthy people tend to have good, stable shelter that poor people often lack. If a person has a well-built house they can get inside of during a lightning storm, they are much less likely to be struck by lightning.

7. You got 4 out of 10 right!
Could be better

• That’s not too bad and you hopefully now know more about lightning.

8. Got 8 correct, missed the last 2. Great quiz Rex.

• I remember years ago lightning struck a tree right at my front door. Inches away from my house. Very scary. The tree looked burnt, which it was.

• It must have been terrifying! As a kid at Crater Lake, I remember a bolt striking a 75-foot hemlock tree. It corkscrewed all the way down the tree, burning a swath as it did, so the tree was still green but had a wide black spiral from top to bottom. It killed the tree, but amazingly, it didn’t catch on fire.

• It can be very terrifying when it is so close to you. Devastation is what it can cause and so many are not afraid.