France strikes with longest-lasting lightning bolt

The UN World Meteorological Organization announced that France held the record for longest-lasting lightning bolt, with a flash
The UN World Meteorological Organization announced that France held the record for longest-lasting lightning bolt, with a flash of 7.74 seconds

At a little over seven seconds France's lasts the longest but America's is by far the biggest.

The UN World Meteorological Organization on Friday announced that France held the for longest-lasting lightning bolt, with a on August 30, 2012 in the southeast of France lighting up the sky for a full 7.74 seconds.

The horizontal bolt travelled 200 kilometres (125 miles), the WMO's Rapporteur of Weather & Climate Extremes, Randall Cerveny, told AFP.

"It was a "cloud-to-cloud" discharge," Cerveny said.

France was bested, however, in the distance stakes by the US.

A lightning strike on June 20, 2007 in the state of Oklahoma covered a distance of 321 kilometres, the WMO said.


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Sep 17, 2016
Wow. Congratulations for a super-stupid article. That french thunderbolt obviously hurt someone's patriotic feelings.

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Sep 19, 2016
We all know you are so confused BartV.. but it's ok since you didn't evolve.

Sep 20, 2016
Because 'MERICA.

Sep 20, 2016
Apoligies to Anda I mistakenly voted u down sry too quick as I had BartV in mind :-(
We all know you are so confused BartV.. but it's ok since you didn't evolve
Indeed BartV has minimal access to any sort of useful knowledge, ie his gods don't communicate at all well and there is nil indication they ever will either, sad for him & I don't need em as I operate from more than mere claim :-(

Whilst Science makes strides of last 300 or so years, all religions are a static & cannot improve...

Thanks for addressing the emotionally attached religious zealots such as BartV, they need education !

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