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How fast is 16,000 inches per minute?

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It's about one-fifteen-thousandth as fast as a bolt of Lightning
In other words, the speed of a bolt of Lightning is 14,000 times 16,000 inches per minute.
(atmospheric electrical discharge)
A bolt of lightning can travel at up to 230,000,000 inches per minute when arcing from the atmosphere to the Earth. An estimated 280 million lightning strikes strikes occur each year.
It's about 0.00000003 times as fast as The Speed of Light
In other words, 16,000 inches per minute is 0.000000022593408048070 times the speed of The Speed of Light, and the speed of The Speed of Light is 44,260,697.5394060 times that amount.
(C) (in a vacuum)
The speed of light (and all other electromagnetic radiation) in a perfect vacuum is known as "c" and measures 708,171,160,630.480 inches per minute, per the formal definition of the meter. While visible light travels close to this speed in air, it slows to 472,114,107,094.860 inches per minute when passing through the glass of a typical window.
It's about 150,000,000 times as fast as Grass growing
In other words, the speed of Grass growing is 0.00000000590 times 16,000 inches per minute.
(for Kentucky Bluegrass, Poa pratensis) (a.k.a. Smooth Meadow grass, a.k.a. Common Meadow grass) (Summer months, ideal growing conditions)
Kentucky Bluegrass, one of the most common grasses in North America, grows about 0.0001 inches per minute in the summer months under ideal conditions. When left un-mowed, Kentucky Bluegrass grows to heights of 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 ft) and blossoms with a blue flower.