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Why doesn’t lightning travel in a straight line?

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Mia Herzog

February 05, 2020 4:01PM

   So it’s kind of a complicated process, but here’s the two-sentence version: Lightning is an electric current that takes the path of least resistance from the base of a cloud to the ground. Since the air it travels through is not uniform—variations in things like temperature, humidity, and pollutants determine how resistant air is to the charge—the lightning has to zig and zag to stay on that path.
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Chicken Boy

February 14, 2020 5:54PM

   Lightning basically tries to find the path of least resistance as it travels down to the ground. But this is not always a straight because air is not a perfect mixture.
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Sandy DL

February 17, 2020 7:22PM

   A more mind blowing quetions would be how does lightning know which is the path of least resistance.
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Sandy DL

February 17, 2020 7:21PM

   A more mind blowing quetions would be how does lightning know which is the path of least sesistance.
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Dawson Levesque

February 12, 2020 3:49PM

   lightning is basically tries to find a path with least resistance as it travels down to the ground
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DFDCDEVIL _

February 18, 2020 12:46PM

   i think maybe it refracts
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Miles Edelryd

February 17, 2020 6:19PM

   Metal.
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MLG Gamer 77

February 13, 2020 4:13PM

   because it wants to
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Mr gamer good

February 12, 2020 5:54PM

   cos it is eclstcsete and it just fiys all over the plaes
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Rayna Larsen

February 12, 2020 5:24PM

   i dont know i dont wanna know and i dont wanna answer you or any more of your pointless questions
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Gabby Glick

February 12, 2020 1:57AM

   bacause it dosent want to.
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Rayna Larsen

February 11, 2020 7:57PM

   because it doesnt deal with it
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Arleece Albers

February 11, 2020 8:49PM

   it is the clouds and clouds move

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