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Lightning at the Willis Tower in Chicago

Lightning strikes the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) on June 12 in Chicago. (Getty Images) Lightning strikes the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) on June 12 in Chicago. (Getty Images)

The picture on your left is a lightning strike at the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) yesterday in Chicago. A massive storm system with heavy rain... high winds and hail and possible tornadoes swept across the Midwest and helped bring this storm to the windy city.

So... how often does the Willis tower get struck by lightning?

Turns out... it gets hit pretty often during thunderstorms. Depends on the severity of the storm really. 50 to 100 times a year is the average estimate!

The good news... lightning strikes a protection system that was installed on the antennas which harmlessly routes the lightning through the steel that the building is constructed of and out to a grounding system which disperses the energy into the earth.

Mountain tops and radio-television antennas get struck a lot also... like our tower here at WSAV. If the circumstances facilitating the original lightning strike are still in effect in an area... then the laws of nature will encourage lightning strikes to continue to be more prevalent there.

So the old adage lightning never strikes the same place twice... is very much false!

 

 

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