Lightning bolt breaks record for longest ever recorded

Two storms in 2020 set two new records for lightning on Earth, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced today (Feb. 1). 

One record was for longest single bolt, a record captured by a flash of lightning that stretched for about 477 miles (168 kilometers) from Texas to Mississippi during a storm on April 29, 2020. That’s about the same distance between New York City and Columbus, Ohio.