why are most lighting bolts jagged and uneven rather then straight? ?

Why can we sometimes see lighting without hearing thunder

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  • 1 decade ago
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    the lightning is simply the flow of electrons (current).

    any flow (of anything, water, balls, electrons etc) will always take the path of least resistance

    at the instant of the lightning strike, there will be fluctuations in the air beneath the cloud, turbulences, all causing differential concentrations of water vapor etc, and causing differntial pressures.

    If lighnting happened in a vacuum, it would be straight.

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