Lightning Could Spark more California Fires as World Warms
Julie Cart, CalMatters
September 24, 2021 at 11:35AM
Lightning is created by static electricity in clouds, as ice droplets bump into each other and cause friction, heating the air in the cloud to as high as 54,000 degrees. About 80% of the time, lightning explodes from cloud to cloud, crackling and snapping in the upper atmosphere in thunderclouds that can rise 10 miles.