What's the highest altitude that lightning can reach into the sky?

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by Jeff Renner

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Posted on July 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

What's the highest altitude that lightning can reach into the sky?

Lightning can strike the ground, other clouds or within a cloud. The tallest, well-documented thunderstorm reached 78,000' in Kansas in 1992. However, special types called red sprites, elfs and blue jets have been detected above thunderstorms to altitudes of 270,000'!

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