Lightning Strikes the Empire State Building

Lightning strikes the Empire State Building about 100 times a year. Someone happened to catch one of these event from their bedroom window, and got it on tape:

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2 Responses to “Lightning Strikes the Empire State Building”

  1. jkottke February 28, 2007 at 10:25 am Permalink

    I’m surprised it’s only 100 times a year. I happened to catch an ESB lightning strike while I was walking home from work a couple of years ago.

  2. Sam Arbesman February 28, 2007 at 2:53 pm Permalink

    What you said got me thinking. Since lightning generally occurs during thunderstorms and those are relatively rare, if you only confine the chances of an ESB lightning strike to the times when there is a thunderstorm, it probably means that the ESB is struck 5-10 times each storm (assuming there are about 10-20 intense storms a year). So it might only be rare over the the course of the year, but quite common during storms.