First, Ron Hipschman at the Exploratorium introduces the formation of lightning and its power (1). Visitors can find a nice history of people's changing beliefs about occurrences of lightning. Next, the National Geographic provides an article about storm anatomy, the dangers of lightning, and the places most likely to be struck by lightning (2). Users can find continental maps presenting the relative numbers of lightning strikes. At the third web site, the Colorado Lightning Resource Center offers lightning fact sheets, safety guides, and statistics (3 ). Visitors can lean about lightning research and projects. This website is a great source of lightning images as well. Next, the Global Hydrology and Climate Center (GHCC) discusses the GHCC Lightning Team's investigations of the causes and effects of lightning and analyses "of a wide variety of atmospheric measurements related to thunderstorms" (4). This expansive website offers access to data, documents, reports, and press releases as well as information on field programs and instrumentation. The fifth website, provided by the National Geographic, supplies educational information about lightning in a fun, kid-friendly learning environment (5). Users can play games, take quizzes, view images, and much more. Next, The Franklin Institute Online features a creative article about Benjamin Franklin's curiosities about lightning (6). Educators can find electricity activities and teaching tips. At the seventh website, severe weather photographer Dave Crowley provides countless lightning photographs (7). The images offer great examples of the power and wonder of lightning. Lastly, NOAA provides handouts, safety tips, photos, classroom presentations and more (8). Anyone searching for well-prepared general lightning materials should visit this website.


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