Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn’t zigzag?

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  1. swedal profile image68
    swedalposted 7 years ago

    Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn’t zigzag?

  2. BaliMermaid profile image57
    BaliMermaidposted 7 years ago

    You are kidding right?

    Or is this one of those questions on the Menza test?

    The speed of light is the speed of light!  Right?  I am sure, are you?
    If you're question was serious, and not a trick question, then your question was misstated.

    The speed of light is always the same.
    The amount of time it takes an electric discharge to travel from point a to point b will always be effected by the path it takes, that being the path of least resistance to it's contact with the ground.

    I hope that my answer is correct, without incorrect assumptions.
    I hate the word assume. It always makes an ASS of U and ME.

    Have a great day.

  3. Tusitala Tom profile image68
    Tusitala Tomposted 7 years ago

    No, I must admit I've never wondered about that.  Hadn't even crossed my mind, actually.   But like the BaliMermaid, I'm assuming it does jump from one point to another at the speed of light  (there's that word again...assume)  But as one thinks about it, maybe not.  I suspect it might be slower than that due to it having to overcome a certain amount of resistance through atmosphere.   Maybe some Atmospheric boffin out their can elucidate?...

  4. MickS profile image67
    MickSposted 7 years ago

    Nope, waste of time, the speed of light is the speed of light, it would just have less distance to travel by travelling in one straight line.

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    Butch Newsposted 7 years ago

    The speed of lightning is always the speed of light.  How long the path is will increase the time but the speed is always the same... like a car going 60mph will take longer on a longer road, but it's still going 60mph.  And the duration of lightning is not dependent upon it's speed... it has to do with the number of electrons transferred.

    Lighting travels up, not down.  When you see the light the electron transfer is complete and the light is caused by the electrons of the air falling back into their orbits.

  6. Dave Mathews profile image60
    Dave Mathewsposted 7 years ago

    The question is irrelivant. The speed of light is what it is.

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    JASON NICHOLSposted 7 years ago

    https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/4426002_f260.jpg

    Have you seen the movie TRON LEGACY? In that movie it is shown that vehicles travel with the speed of light. And yes speed of lighting cannot be straight! Speed of light was, is and will remain the speed of light.

  8. F.B. Spannigan profile image60
    F.B. Spanniganposted 7 years ago

    I agree with BaliMermaid. It would still be the same!

  9. japtaker profile image87
    japtakerposted 7 years ago

    Lightning, if it did not zig-zag, would actually go at the speed of dark, quite in opposition to what many have said here today.

 
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