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While watching lightning activity in the sky from afar, a natural curiosity welled within me. What are the exact locations where those lightning bolts strike?

All these questions appear because of my ignorance of this natural phenomenon. I hope any lightning experts out there can help me understand, what exactly makes a spot a possible candidate for the lightning to strike? Has a list all past lightning-struck locations been compiled?

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  • $\begingroup$ Please check the answers in: earthscience.stackexchange.com/questions/580/… $\endgroup$ – arkaia Jan 23 '16 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ I believe what-if.xkcd.com/16 had some absolutely fantastic explanation and science. I can't absolutely vouch for every bit of it, as it wasn't a particularly subfield of study, but all of it looks very reasonable from this degreed-meteorologist's perspective. $\endgroup$ – JeopardyTempest Jun 16 '17 at 10:46

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