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Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice

The saying “lightning never strikes the same place twice” is a well-known phrase you may have heard. The phrase means that when something bad happens, the exact same thing won’t happen again (britannica.com). But when it comes to literal lightning strikes, it can indeed hit the same place multiple times. Around the world, there are multiple places that have been struck by lightning as many as 50 times! There is a large amount of evidence to prove this.

Based on multiple sources such as knowyourphrase.com, this phrase can be traced back to the mid-1800’s. A known use of it is when a book and a newspaper use the phrase in their writing. Again, the phrase means that something, usually negative, but can be positive, will not happen again. One example can be someone saying that they hit a baseball far, but it may not happen again. This idiom only exists because people believed that the event never struck the same place twice, which relates to something not happening twice.

There are multiple reasons and evidence to somewhere being struck in the same place twice. One piece of evidence is that it can hit the same place multiple times in one strike. According to britannica.com, a lightning strike only takes about 30 milliseconds and it says that it “reverberates in quick succession. So, essentially, multiple strikes can happen at the same place in this short period of time.” Also from the source, it says that just in the US, there is an average of 20 million lightning strikes that hit the ground yearly. By common sense, that means that it may be likely for one of those to hit somewhere twice. The final piece of evidence is that there are recordings of a place being struck twice, such as the Willis tower.

To conclude, lightning does strike the same place twice. There is proof of this, like recordings. Lightning striking the same place twice is a possibility, just see for yourself.

 

By: Alex Arevalo

Photo Credits: https://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/storms/does-lightning-never-strike-same-spot-twice.htm

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