Lighting is a common phenomenon which is both aesthetic and very powerful at the same time. From times of old, civilizations have fascinated over the fact that huge thunderbolts with blinding flashes releasing down to the planet.

Studies show that most of the lightning strikes on-land, estimated to be around 80%. But did you know that the lightning that strikes over the ocean that are the most powerful. Have you seen any of these strikes in person? Well we collected some awesome pictures of lightning strikes over the ocean for you. Scroll down to check them out.

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According to observations from Earth-orbiting satellites, the intensity of lightning storms tends to be much stronger over the ocean surface compared to land-based storms. Michael Peterson, a researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory, notes that the most extreme lightning storms are typically found in specific regions, such as the Gulf of Mexico and areas east of South Africa.


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#7. Longest Lightning Flash Observed – 447 Miles.

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One striking example of such an intense oceanic lightning storm occurred in the Indian Ocean in May 1998. During this event, the thunderclouds were flashing an astonishing eight times per second, a rate so rapid that it would appear to the human eye as if the entire sky were continuously lit up.


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Photo Courtesy: Advancing Earth And Space Science


Photo Courtesy: Advancing Earth And Space Science

These observations highlight the dynamic and cool nature of lightning storms, particularly those that occur over the vast expanses of the ocean. As researchers continue to study these phenomena, we gain a deeper understanding of the forces at play in our atmosphere and the remarkable displays of energy unleashed during thunderstorms at sea. Let us know what you think about this article in the comments section below.


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