“Superbolt” season approaches

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Xander Hernandez-Barrios, Staff Writer

“Superbolts” are a rare type of lighting that are more powerful than the average lightning bolt and strike in different places. As November approaches, so does superbolt season.

Superbolts are extremely rare, with about one in every 250,000 lightning bolts being a superbolt. They typically show up between November and February. Why do they occur in the winter, and not during the summer like regular lightning bolts do? No one knows why, but these strange super bolts have yet to make an appearance during the summer.

The good news is they only strike over open water like the Northeastern Atlantic or The Mediterranean Sea.

Superbolts are a thousand times more powerful than the average lightning bolt. Superbolts were first discovered in the 1970s by a satellite designed to monitor nuclear explosions.

No one knows what causes superbolts, but scientists have some theories. The most accepted theory is that superbolts are caused by cold breezes over the warm ocean. Although, the definite cause of them remains a mystery.