Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Lightning strikes!

How lightning initially forms is still a matter of debate: Scientists have studied root causes ranging from atmospheric perturbations (wind, humidity, friction, and atmospheric pressure) to the impact of solar wind and accumulation of charged solar particles. Ice inside a cloud is thought to be a key element in lightning development, and may cause a forcible separation of positive and negative charges within the cloud, thus assisting in the formation of lightning.
For some reason, unknown to me, I have always been facinated by lightning. I don't get to see many lightning storms (1-2 a year) but when the opportunity arises I will always be captivated by them.

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