Scientists have confirmed that a flash of lightning has set a new world record in three US states. In April 2020, lightning strikes in three states of the country spread over an area of 6 km.
According to a BBC report, the World Meteorological Organization said that the thunderstorm had spread over an area of 48.2 miles or 6 kilometers in the states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. This is the record for the longest thunderstorm in the world.
Earlier, Brazil had the record for the longest lightning strike in the world. The thunderstorm that occurred in 2016 spread over an area of 440.06 miles long (609 kilometers) in the country.
By the way, lightning flashes are usually no longer than 10 miles long and last less than a second.
However, in 2020, Uruguay and Argentina were struck by a thunderstorm that lasted 16.1 seconds. The previous record was 16.6 seconds.
Professor Randall Cervani, the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) meteorologist and climate change reporter, said these were unusual records of lightning strikes.