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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsWeather · 1 decade ago

why are tall objects more likely to be struck by lightning than shorter ones? ?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Lightning wants to get to the ground via the path of least restance so an object will normaly have less restance then the air so the lighting will want to hit the taller object so that it can get to the ground.

  • 1 decade ago

    Lightning that you see is actually the return stroke which goes from ground to cloud. Before that the cloud sent down "leaders" which try to reach the ground by the easiest means possible. If a tall object is nearby then the leaders will go through it into the ground. The return stroke then shoots from the top of the object back into the sky, completing the process.

  • Maria
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Lightning, like most things in nature, tends to take the path of least resistance and things that are taller provide less resistance. Also all the people who said that tall objects are closer to the source of lightning are wrong. Lightning actually moves from ground to cloud, not cloud to ground. That is a really common misconception.

  • 1 decade ago

    Lightning actually finds the target first, and then patterns itself to get there. That's why it's jaggedy. It looks for the closest target, which is higher up.

    If something else moves inbetween the original target and where the lightening has made it to, it will construct a new path toward that object instead.

    It knows where it's going to strike, and then figures out it's path on the way.

    Source(s): Saw it on discovery channel. It was very interesting.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Without looking up the answer, I think I'll say it's because they're closer to the source of the lightening itself. It's kinda like when you have a hungry monkey and he sees an apple right in front of him and a banana 40 feet from him.. He'll probably go for the apple. The lightning likes the closer apple. Lightening also likes metal apples too.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The lighning bolt, just like any electric charge flow, will look for the least resistant path to "close" a circuit. air has a lot of resistance, so a taller object would mean less air to go through for the bolt.

  • 4 years ago

    It doesn't. This is a myth. Lightning can, and has, struck the same place multiple times.

  • 1 decade ago

    As long as its a conductor to electricity. Other wise lighting will strike a 'shorter' object than a 'taller' one.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because the lightning hits the first thing it encounters, which would be the tallest object.

  • birdie
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Because the lightning reaches them first

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