WEATHER: This flash of lightning in France “lasted continuously for 7.74 seconds” …
Seven seconds, 74 hundredths. Most of the lightning that lasted the longest in the world, which struck on the 30th August, 2012 in the southeast of France, was approved on Friday by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
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This lightning “lasted continuously for 7.74 seconds,” announced the organization, which depends on the United Nations in a statement. in was in the region of the Tarn-et-Garonne above the village of Mirabel and dissipated in the Var near the village of Taverns, south from the Verdon Gorges.
Electric shock “cloud to cloud”
“It was a shock”, travelling “cloud to cloud “, “a mainly horizontal lightning”, explained the reporter of the WMO, Randall Cerveny, which also measures the distance travelled by lightning, as well as the duration of the strikes.
The organization, which emphasizes that improving the lightning detection and studying the effects of lightning, a weather phenomena which can be fatal, could eventually lead to saving lives.
Also approved at the same time, was the record for the longest lightning flash in the world, with a distance of 321 km, on the 20th June 2007 in the US state of Oklahoma.