Latest Lightning Stories

2009-06-02 12:54:31

Experts say passenger jets are hit by lightning every 1,000 hours (on average twice a year) and the risk from the bolts of electricity continues to be an increasing problem.

2009-06-01 14:02:34

Florida Institute of Technology researchers are trying to solve one of the great mysteries in nature: how thunderstorms make lightning.

2009-04-09 14:50:00

Lightning may provide scientists with crucial insight into predicting the intensity of Earth’s deadliest storms.

2009-04-08 09:05:01

Researchers hit the jackpot in late March, when, for the first time, they began recording data on lightning in a volcanic eruption--right from the start of the eruption.

2009-02-23 11:25:53

In legend, sprites are trolls, elves and other spirits that dance high above our ozone layer. But scientists at Tel Aviv University have discovered that some very real "sprites" are zipping across the atmosphere as well, providing a possible explanation for those other legendary denizens of the skies, UFOs.

2009-02-02 12:28:00

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2009-01-13 11:05:00

The job of one University of Missouri researcher could chill to the bone, but his research could make weather predicting more accurate.

2008-12-16 22:38:47

A Chinese man believed to have been killed by lightning was actually done in by a small weather rocket found when it detonated during cremation, police say. Authorities said people who were in the Inner Mongolia province house with Wang Diange -- who was overseeing a wake at the time of his death --

2008-11-21 11:10:11

Flash floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States, and because of their unpredictability they’re the leading weather-related cause of death for Americans.

2008-11-17 12:32:21

A new nano satellite mission, called 'Firefly,' sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and led by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md will explore the relationship between lightning and these sudden bursts, called Terrestrial Gamma Ray Flashes (TGFs).

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...

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...

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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