Scientists are still mystified about how, exactly, lightning forms.
Lubbock, Texas - perhaps best known for native son Buddy Holly and as the home of Texas Tech - is one vote away from becoming the first American city to require an upgraded natural gas tubing, as fire marshals and other officials evaluate requiring higher performance levels for the corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) that brings fuel gas into millions of homes.
Venezuela's Lake Maracaibo is struck four nights out of every five.
The mother of a Texas man killed in a 2012 house fire flew into Lubbock last week, headed to a city council meeting she once hoped would usher in long-recommended fire-safety reforms inspired by her son's death.
The bolt blasted a passenger aircraft as it was about to land.