Recently the world has been seeing a lot of lightning and thunderstorms. One might even say that they have heard thunders in recent days which was record-breaking. You may not be wrong, because they are loud enough. However, these are loud enough to distract you, but they are not at the same heights as that of the existing world record. The Megaflash Brazil in 2018 was the scariest of them all and broke all world records.
Record-breaking lightning observed in Brazil! The scary 700km Megaflash makes new lightning World Record
That particular thunderstorm set a new World Record for the longest lightning bolt ever to split the sky on October 31, 2018. The event in Southern Brazil was historic according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) who confirm the world record.
Brazil Megaflash from 2018 makes World Record
Stretching out for 709 kilometers (440 miles),Brazil lightning was almost about the distance from London to the border of Switzerland near Basel, the lightning bolt has now been recorded as the ‘world’s greatest extent for a single lightning flash’, according to the WMO’s Committee on Weather and Climate Extremes.
WMO has recognized 2 new world records for a single #lightning #megaflash
Longest distance: 709 km (440.6 miles), #Brazil, 31.10.2018
Longest duration 16.7 seconds, #Argentina, 4.3.2019
DOUBLE the previous records
Verified with new satellite lightning imagery technology pic.twitter.com/DfG9NUrjEl
— World Meteorological Organization (@WMO) June 26, 2020
However, this was not the only record-breaking lightning event that the UN’s weather agency announced. The record for the longest duration of a lightning flash was smashed too, thanks to a 16.7-second-long ‘Megaflash’ that occurred over northern Argentina on March 4, 2019. Previously, lightning was tracked using data from ground-based sensors called Lightning Mapping Array networks, which detect radio waves. However, there was an upper limit to the scale of lightning that could be traced using these.
Scientists, therefore, acknowledged that tracking more extreme lightning would require a scale-up of the technology, and in 2016 the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched the world’s first lightning-mapping satellite.
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Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.