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2010-08-04 08:20:00

Lightning's connection to hurricane intensification has eluded researchers for decades, and for a riveting 40 days this summer, NASA lightning researchers will peer inside storms in a way they never have before. Earth scientists and engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will soon fly the Lightning Instrument Package, or LIP, a flight instrument designed to track and document lightning as hurricanes develop and intensify. In August and September, LIP will fly on...

2010-06-24 07:45:00

MARYVILLE, Mo., June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year marks the 10th Lightning Safety Awareness Campaign, June 20-26. The campaign was launched by NOAA and the National Weather Service to increase awareness about the dangers of lightning and provide the public with safety information to help protect families and their property. Several national groups, including the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc.-FLASH, the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), the Lightning Safety Alliance...

2010-06-21 15:33:00

MADISON, Wis., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Coinciding with this year's Lightning Safety week, June 21-June 27, Weather Central's MyWeather.com division launches 2010 PinPoint Lightning(TM), the only iPhone application with live lightning strike data and alert notifications. 2010 PinPoint Lightning(TM) is the first app to register cloud-to-ground lightning strikes within 30 miles of a user's geo-located position and deliver rapid alerts enabling people to take immediate action to ensure their...

2010-06-20 08:10:00

*In Support of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 20-26, 2010 HARTFORD, Conn., June 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hurricanes and tornadoes receive the news coverage, but according to Underwriters Laboratories (UL), lightning accounts for more than one billion dollars annually in structural damage to buildings in the U.S. alone. A single bolt of lightning can generate heat in excess of 50,000 degrees F which can spark fires or cause surging through electrical circuitry. Packing...

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2010-06-12 06:30:00

On June 3rd, 2010, something hit Jupiter. A comet or asteroid descended from the black of space, struck the planet's cloudtops, and disintegrated, producing a flash of light so bright it was visible in backyard telescopes on Earth. Soon, observers around the world were training their optics on the impact site, waiting to monitor the cindery cloud of debris which always seems to accompany a strike of this kind. They're still waiting. "It's as if Jupiter just swallowed the thing whole," says...

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2010-06-10 09:46:38

A team of Spanish researchers has made a high-speed recording of elves and sprites in storms, fleeting and luminous electric phenomena produced in the upper layers of the atmosphere. Their analysis of these observations has been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research. "This is the first time in Europe that we have been able to use high-speed video to detect transitory luminous phenomena taking place in the upper atmosphere "“ so-called sprites (in the form of a carrot or...

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2010-05-18 08:45:00

Ball lightning is a circular light phenomena occurring during thunderstorms and there are a large class of reports by eyewitnesses having experienced such events. Scientists have been puzzled by the nature of these apparent fire balls for a long time. Now physicists at the University of Innsbruck have calculated that the magnetic field of long lightning strokes may produce the image of luminous shapes, also known as phosphenes, in the brain. This finding may offer an explanation for many ball...

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2010-04-22 11:39:40

Native Americans used smoke signals to indicate danger, and a white plume is sent up by the Vatican when a new Pope is chosen. Now, a new research project by Tel Aviv University researchers and their colleagues shows that where there's "smoke" there may be significant consequences for local weather patterns, rainfall and thunderstorms. In a new study, Prof. Colin Price, head of Tel Aviv University's Department of Geophysics and Planetary Science, researched data on lightning patterns in the...

2010-04-14 13:39:00

WASHINGTON, April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured images of lightning on Saturn. The images have allowed scientists to create the first movie showing lightning flashing on another planet. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) After waiting years for Saturn to dim enough for the spacecraft's cameras to detect bursts of light, scientists were able to create the movie, complete with a soundtrack that features the crackle of...

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2010-04-14 13:35:00

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured images of lightning on Saturn. The images have allowed scientists to create the first movie showing lightning flashing on another planet. After waiting years for Saturn to dim enough for the spacecraft's cameras to detect bursts of light, scientists were able to create the movie, complete with a soundtrack that features the crackle of radio waves emitted when lightning bolts struck. "This is the first time we have the visible lightning flash together...


Latest Lightning Reference Libraries

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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