The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) identified the 700-km long lightning observed in Brazil on October 31, 2018, as the longest single lightning in history to be observed on October 25, 2018. This is equivalent to the distance from Boston in the United States to Washington, the capital, or from London in the United Kingdom to Basel in Switzerland.
WMO experts also identified a lightning strike that lasted 16.73 seconds on March 4, 2019 in northern Argentina as the longest-lived lightning strike in history. Such record-breaking lightning is called “megaflash” and is defined as “horizontal lightning that reaches several hundred kilometers in length”. The two “MegaFlash” observed by the latest satellite technology have renewed the existing records. The longest distance record so far was 321 km of lightning observed in Oklahoma, the United States on June 20, 2007, and the longest lighted time was 7.74 seconds in southern France on August 30, 2012, It was a thunder that continued to shine.
Can you measure it?
Lightning observed in Brazil has been certified as the longest ever.
Because the total length is 700 km
It’s an unimaginable area.
It’s also great that you can measure it,
We can feel that we are living in a natural environment.
Even so, it’s too scary to keep shining for 16 seconds.