Why is lightening more likely to strike trees and skyscrapers rather than other places?

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Why is lightening more likely to strike trees and skyscrapers rather than other places?

In: Earth Science

Lightning likes to travel from the ground to the sky, but sometimes needs help. Its easier for lightning to follow tall objects to the ground, like trees or buildings, than to just zap around willy-nilly.

Air is a really poor conductor of electricity and literally everything else is a better conductor. So lightning takes the path where it’s offered least resistance which can be anything, not just trees and skyscrapers.

path of least resistence.

Effectively it tries to dissipate itself in the ground.

In fact skyscrapers usually have lightning rods to help with this, and to prevent other issues.