Asked by: Zayneb Leichtweis
asked in category: General Last Updated: 10th January, 2020

Why do trees explode when hit by lightning?

Trees can explode when struck by lightning. The strong electric current is carried mostly by the water-conducting sapwood below the bark, heating it up and boiling the water. The pressure of the steam can make the trunk burst. This happens especially with trees whose trunks are already dying or rotting.

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Then, why do trees split when hit by lightning?

Lightning usually runs along the inner bark of the tree down to the ground, causing the outer bark to expand and blow away in strips. Sometimes, you'll find that a tree 'jumps' when struck by lightning; this occurs when the trunk or several branches split off and fall to the ground due to vehement expansion.

Also, can trees explode from lightning strikes? In fact, some trees will even burst into flames or explode following a lightning strike. This is because during a lightning strike, the sap in the bark of the tree is subject to extreme temperatures, many times hotter than the surface of the Sun, in fact!

Regarding this, what happens when a tree gets hit by lightning?

Trees struck by lightning can show several symptoms and have a range of damage. In general, when lightning hits a tree, the water in the cells beneath the bark is heated and boils. If lightning strikes a bit deeper into the trunk, the entire tree may blow apart, or all the bark will blow off.

Why do trees explode?

Cold weather will cause some trees to explode by freezing the sap, because it contains water, which expands as it freezes, creating a sound like a gunshot. The sound is produced as the tree bark splits, with the wood contracting as the sap expands.

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