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Algorithm of Lightning Strikes? [duplicate]

Given an array of charge for a given area (2D or 3D), what algorithm would describe the path that lightning takes? An example algorithm would be from the highest charge of the cloud, find the lowest ...
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Can the lightning be scattered with out hitting the ground? [closed]

Can we scatter the lightning before it hits the ground?Can we scatter the lightning by connecting many wires to a lightning rod?
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Extended sound of thunder

Why does the sound of thunder last several seconds even when lightning lasts for only fraction of a second?
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Lightning and nuclear fusion

I'm going to be brief, I just saw a Discovery Channel show that showed a lot of interesting phenomena around lightning (like elves, how cool is that(!)), and got me wondering. 1) Thinking of ...
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A lightning protection device physics

Here is a description of the principle of the operation of a new lightning device: During a storm the ambient electric field may rise to between 10 to 20 kV/m. As soon as the field exceeds a thresold ...
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Why are cold thunderstorms rare?

FYI: I imagine the physics of thunderstorms involves wind stripping electrons from condensed water cells (raindrops or snowflakes). Like a Van De Graaff generator, sort of; I'm also using Wilson's ...
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Why is it that using cell phone can invite lighting strike? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it safe to use any wireless device during a lightning storm? We often hear the tale that a person gets stuck by lighting when he is unfortunate enough to use a cell ...
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Is it safe to use any wireless device during a lightning storm?

I need "educated" reasons whether it is safe to use any wireless device during a lightning storm. Most people said don't use it but they cannot explain why.
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Lightning strikes the Ocean I'm swimming in - what happens?

I'm swimming in the ocean and there's a thunderstorm. Lightning bolts hit ships around me. Should I get out of the water?