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25 Weather Myths and Faux Pas

By Jon Erdman
Published: November 13, 2013

Myth: Lightning never strikes twice.

Some weather myths are simply benign and worth a chuckle. Some stubborn myths are dangerous.

We're highlighting and debunking 25 of those myths and faux pas we hear most frequently, starting with this long-held myth about lightning.

THE FACTS: 

  • Tall, pointed, isolated objects can generate strong enough electric fields to be struck repeatedly. For example, the Empire State Building in New York City is struck about 100 times each year, on average.
  • If a thunderstorm is slow-moving, some lightning-prone locations can get struck multiple times from a single thunderstorm.
  • Watch the video above of a man struck by lightning twice.
  • Roy Sullivan, a park ranger, was struck seven different times, the most of anyone on record.

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