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Longest lightning bolt recorded over Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Thunderstorms are known to calm some people while scaring others, but now scientists are looking at world records when it comes to lightning storms.

According to the World Meteorological Organization, scientists learned the longest lightning bolt in history actually occurred over the Sooner State.

USA Today says that the lightning bolt happened on June 20, 2007 and traveled 199.5 miles, which equals out to about three-quarters the length of the state.

This “reinforces critical safety information regarding lightning, specifically that lightning flashes can travel huge distances from their parent thunderstorms,” said Randall Cerveny, chief Rapporteur of Climate and Weather Extremes for the WMO and a professor at Arizona State University.