Oklahoma has done it again! Another extreme weather record in the books. Scientists identified all-time world records for both the longest lightning bolt — nearly 200 miles — and the world’s longest-duration lightning flash — over 7 seconds — according to a report released Thursday.
The record-long lightning bolt was spotted over Oklahoma on June 20, 2007, and traveled 199.5 miles, about three-quarters the length of the state. That’s almost the distance from New York City to Washington, D.C.
Oklahoma is known for its weather extremes like tornadoes, floods, hail stones,earthquake and now lightning. This is what makes Oklahoma one of the most extreme places to live in the World during weather extremes.
France holds the other lightning extreme record. The world’s longest-lasting lightning flash lasted for 7.74 seconds on Aug 30, 2012, over Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France. This just shows you the power of lightning and how deadly it can be.