It's a myth that lightning never strikes the same place twice

You've probably heard the saying, "lightning never strikes the same place twice." But it's actually a myth.

From NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center:

NASA-funded scientists have recently learned that cloud-to-ground lightning frequently strikes the ground in two or more places and that the chances of being struck are about 45 percent higher than what people commonly assume.


According to the National Weather Service, lightning causes an average of 93 deaths and 300 injuries in the United States each year. The National Severe Storms Laboratory recommends that a safe distance from a previous flash is at least 10 to 13 km (6 to 8 miles) as opposed to the 3 to 5 km (2-3 miles) that experts had previously advised.

Mythbusters also tackled this one with a simple and quick video:


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Image: Lightning strikes the Willis Tower in downtown Chicago on June 12, 2013 in a photo by Scott Wilson via Getty Images