According to National Geographic, nearly 100 lightning bolts hit the ground every second.
That statistic does not make this video any less amazing. Footage from Chile shows how mesmerizing a series of these strikes can look.
The blasts of electricity are created when there is a positive and negative imbalance in charges. Because opposite charges attract, lightning from the sky is looking for a charge on Earth to connect to. While only one-quarter of lightning strikes are cloud-to-ground, there are thousands of deaths each year from lightning storms.
Use that as a reminder to stay inside anytime you are present during a large storm like the one in the video below. During a storm, no place outside is safe. You can find safety in a building or a closed, metal-topped car with the windows up, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS adds these tips for handling lightning storms:
"Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity. Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets. Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches. Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls."
Check out the amazing storm here:
(H/T: Daily Picks And Flicks)