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What Do You Know About Lightning?

5 Questions
What Do You Know About Lightning?

Arizona averages two-thirds of a million cloud-to-ground flashes of lightning each year. Here in Pima County, 40,000 to 80,000 flashes each year light up the desert sky. Test your lightning knowledge with this five-question quiz:

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How many miles away from a storm can lightning strike?
    • A. 

      2 miles

    • B. 

      5 miles

    • C. 

      10 miles

  • 2. 
    Which one of the following is a lightning myth?
    • A. 

      Lightning can strike the same place repeatedly, especially tall objects.

    • B. 

      It's safe to be in a vehicle with rubber tires during a lightning storm.

    • C. 

      It doesn't have to be raining where you are for lightning to strike.

  • 3. 
    No place outside is safe when lightning is in the area, but shelter might not be immediately available. If you are stuck outside during a lightning storm, then which one of the following is your best option?
    • A. 

      Lie flat on the ground.

    • B. 

      Climb inside a hard-topped metal vehicle.

    • C. 

      Hide under a tree.

  • 4. 
    In the 1970s, three University of Arizona researchers began studying lightning's properties and behavior. Their research and contributions resulted in the development of the Tucson-based U.S. National Lightning Detection Network. How many cloud-to-ground lightning strokes does the center, which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, record each year for the continental U.S.?
    • A. 

      25 million

    • B. 

      50 million

    • C. 

      75 million

  • 5. 
    What should you do if someone has been struck by lightning?
    • A. 

      Call for help.

    • B. 

      Give first aid, if you know how to perform it.

    • C. 

      Both.

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