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Look, Up in the Sky! It's...Superbolts!

  • By AMS Staff
  • May 13, 2024

Very close lightning strike observed during a thunderstorm in Mainz, Germany. 
[Photo Credit: Oliver Schlenczek (distributed via]

Superbolts are 1,000 times more energetic than the average lightning bolt. Although they comprise less than 1% of all lightning, they can wreak havoc on ships and infrastructure when they do strike.

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