Question: when it rains why does lightning come out wouldn't it just stay up there and go across the sky instead of coming down and why does lightning get attracted to friction?


  1. Sometimes it does jump from cloud to cloud, but all the clouds get the same kind of charge (I think clouds are positive compared to the ground, but I am not sure) So it is more likely to jump to the ground.


  2. Many things influence the frequency, distribution, strength, and physical properties of a lightning flashes. These factors include ground elevation, latitude, prevailing wind currents, relative humidity, proximity to warm and cold bodies of water…

    Sometimes lightning actually comes from the ground up to the sky! I think it’s to do with resistance pathways, charges and other things I don’t know much about! Hopefully the physics/chemistry guys can help you out further with this one.