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2011-02-25 09:00:13

By Dauna Coulter, Science @ NASA NASA atmospheric scientists got an unexpected chance to study a curious phenomenon called "thundersnow" when a recent storm unleashed it right over their heads. Walt Petersen and Kevin Knupp have traveled far and wide to study winter storms. They never dreamed that the most extraordinary one they'd see "“ featuring freakish thundersnow, a 50-mile long lightning bolt, and almost a dozen gravity waves -- would erupt in their own back yards. The storm hit...

2011-02-14 09:09:00

LONDON, February 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the ME Association's survey of people with ME/CFS, the Lightning Process (LP) has emerged as the best of 25 commonly used approaches for helping people feel 'greatly improved'. The "Managing my ME" survey - the largest ever survey of patient and carer evidence on issues relating to management of ME/CFS issues - surveyed 4217 people with, or caring for those with ME/CFS. It found that 25.7 per cent of Lightning Process respondents had...

2011-01-12 05:33:00

LONDON, January 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A revolutionary self training course has emerged top in a survey conducted by the Sussex and Kent ME/ CFS Society. In a poll of 457 members, tracking their experiences over two years, 44 per cent of the society's members found the Lightning Process "very helpful" and 36 per cent "reasonably helpful". Many had their lives transformed by the three-day course. In a field where many suffer for years, these figures were well ahead of the NHS's...

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2011-01-11 09:00:00

NASA scientists have discovered beams of antimatter being produced by thunderstorms here on Earth--a phenomenon that had never been observed before, the US space agency said on Monday. It is believed that the antimatter particles were formed in a terrestrial gamma-ray flash, or TGF. According to a NASA press release, about 500 of these lightning-related events occur each day, but most of them are undetected. This one was spotted using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. "These signals are...

2011-01-10 16:30:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Scientists think the antimatter particles were formed in a terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF), a brief burst produced inside thunderstorms and shown to be associated with lightning. It is estimated that about 500 TGFs...

2010-12-24 08:30:00

BEIJING, Dec.24,2010/PRNewswire-Asia/ -- It's known to all that DVDFab always keeps improving to provide all dear customers better user experience. Another exciting news are coming out, after a series of special offers for this holiday, that DVDFab has developed a new-tech "Lightning-Recoding" which is used in Blu-ray Copy to greatly increase converting speed to create a historic level, and it is exclusively owned by DVDFab. Where is Lightning-Recoding used? The Lightning-Recoding will be...

2010-12-17 07:30:00

BEIJING, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- DVDFab is always improving to provide all customers with a better user experience. After a series of special offers this holiday, DVDFab has developed a new-tech "Lightning-Recoding" which is used in the Blu-ray Copy product to greatly increase converting speed to a historic level. It is exclusively owned by DVDFab. Where is Lightning-Recoding used? The Lightning-Recoding will be automatically activated in "Full Disc" and "Main Movie" mode of...

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2010-12-10 13:30:00

The eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull in April this year resulted in a giant ash cloud, which "“ at one point covering most of Europe "“ brought international aviation to a temporary standstill, resulting in travel chaos for tens of thousands. New research, published December 10, in IOP Publishing's Environmental Research Letters, shows that lightning could be used as part of an integrated approach to estimate volcanic plume properties. The scientists found...

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2010-12-01 11:25:00

Australian astrophysicist Stephen Hughes said that some UFO sightings could be explained by ball lightning and other atmospheric phenomena, according to a recent BBC News report. The scientists made a detailed study of an unusual event that took place in 2006 when large meteors were observed over Brisbane.  During the same time, another unidentified green object was seen to roll over nearby mountains. Hughes has theorized that the object was actually ball lightning. He believes that...

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2010-09-27 07:00:00

Despite the great differences between the atmospheres of Venus and Earth, scientists have discovered that very similar mechanisms produce lightning on the two planets. The rates of discharge, the intensity and the spatial distribution of lightning are comparable, thus scientists hope to be able to better understand the chemistry, dynamics and evolution of the atmospheres of the two planets. These results were presented by Dr. Christopher Russell at the European Planetary Science Congress, on...


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Weather Reference Library
2012-05-10 10:05:27

When we think of thunderstorms we have to remember the deadliest part of those storms and that is the lightning that occurs with them. Lightning is found in many forms. The first type of lightning is known as cloud to cloud meaning that the electric charge travels from one cloud to the other. The second type of lightning is the Cloud to Air meaning the lighting moves from the cloud and enters the clear air of the sky. A third type of lightning is the cloud to ground. This is the most...

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2010-10-21 17:15:50

A lightning rod is a metal conductor mounted on the top of a building and connected through a wire to the ground to protect the building from lightning. The rod should conduct the electricity from a lightning strike down through the wire instead of passing through the building. The rod is just a single component in the lightning protections system along with rooftop conductors and multiple conductive paths. Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod in 1749. The taller the building the...

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2009-07-21 16:27:18

Heat Lightning is actually faint flashes of lightning reflecting outward from distant thunderstorms. These flashes usually do not produce thunder as the storm is sometimes too far away to be heard. The term heat lightning got its name because it often occurs on hot summer nights and does not produce audible thunder. One reason heat lightning can be seen so far away is due to the reflection of the light bouncing off water particles in moist, humid air and as light is scattered throughout the...

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