What is Lightning

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Lightning is the phenomenon which accompanies the discharge of atmospheric charges from cloud to cloud or from cloud to Earth. As lightning seeks the path of least resistance, it naturally tends to follow the shortest course between cloud and earth, such as buildings or towering projections. As illustrated positive electrical charges gather in clouds and negative charges gather in the ground. When the attraction between these two charges are strong enough they come together in the form of lightning. Lightning rod and surge arrester / protector equipment, properly manufactured and installed, dissipates these charges