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Ask Todd: Lightning and the ocean

10:22 PM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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A viewer asks, "Hey Todd! Do more lightning strikes hit the ocean because of the salt water?"

Great question, and a pretty simple answer-- yes.

But that's only because the world's oceans are so large; they make up about 71% of the Earth's surface area.

When it comes to lightning, the conductivity of any object has little or nothing to do with its likelihood of being struck by lightning. If two people stand on an exposed hilltop during a thunderstorm, one holding a golf club and the other a wood baseball bat, both would be equally at risk of being struck by lightning.

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