Can Lightning Strike The Same Place Twice?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - "Lightning never strikes the same place twice" is one of weather's most famous legends, but it's completely false. Many tall buildings are struck by lightning several times a year -- sometimes even in the same storm.

To that end, the Space Needle has 24 lightning rods on the top of the Needle (well, 25 including the tower itself) to channel lightning's energy into the ground and away from anything important. As one of the tallest spots in Seattle, it certainly attracts its share of lightning.

The Empire State Building in New York City is struck around 100 times a year, on average. The building is even designed as a lightning rod to keep lightning away from other buildings.

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