There is widespread belief in my culture that we should not stay near door or windows during lightning. So people advise others to stay inside house with doors and windows closed to be safe from lightning. Is there any scientific basis for that idea of being hit by lightning when staying close to doors or windows?
It's not just your culture. Advice from the US National Weather Service includes:
Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
- Metal frame windows and doors are good electrical conductors, but even glass can conduct lightning.
- Lightning strikes on the building or debris from nearby strikes can shatter glass in windows and doors causing flying glass.
- Lightning is often accompanied by other extreme weather including high winds and hail which can damage windows and doors.