Can Lightning Strike the Same Place Twice? "GMA" Meteorologist Ginger Zee On Common Weather Myths

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We always love welcoming ABC’s chief meteorologist (who you might know from “Good Morning America”), Ginger Zee back to our show.

As storms seem to be popping up here, there and everywhere, she played a little game with our in-studio audience called “Weather Or Not” and gave us the lowdown on that crazy weather phenomenon: lightning!

Catch it all in the video above and follow along here:

True or False: Lightning Doesn’t Strike The Same Place Twice
Our audience is pretty darn smart, because 75% of them sided with Ginger on this one: FALSE!

Lightning can and *does* strike the same place more than once, says Ginger.

“It happens a lot, especially [with] tall buildings,” she adds. “You’ll see the Empire State Building in the Tower Cam, and it’ll get struck multiple times.”

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True or False: Rubber Tires Will Protect You From Lightning

It turns out, this one is FALSE says Ginger.

“Your car only protects you from the metal hard top, but if you are on a lawnmower, on a bicycle," she explains, "you are exposed!” The rubber tires do nothing for you, she adds, which means you can definitely get shocked.

True or False: You Shouldn’t Shower or Use Electronics During a Thunderstorm

This one’s a doozy, and it turns out to be TRUE.

Why? “Because,” Ginger says, “electronics, water, and metal plumbing will conduct lightning.”

Rach jokes: “I could get hit by lightning while I’m nekked in the shower?”

Yup, sorry, Rach!

But this one is no joke. Ginger told us about a story she worked on, where a woman typing on her computer during a storm got fingertip burns because lightning struck *through* the keyboard. Yikes!

True or False: Lightning Can Strike 15 Miles From a Thunderstorm

Our audience sided with Ginger again on this one, which, she says, is TRUE.

It turns out that even if the storm is far enough away that you’re not seeing rain or hearing thunder, you can still get hit with lightning.

Thanks for the intel, Ginger!

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