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Latest Lightning Stories

Spotting Sprites
2012-08-15 06:19:08

Fifty miles above the Earth, dancing high above the clouds during thunderstorms, a different kind of lightning flashes

Tiny 'Firefly' Satellite Used To Flash Straight Into Lightning and Thunderstorms
2012-07-20 15:50:45

'CubeSat' will help solve mysteries of terrestrial gamma ray flashes, 1,000 times more powerful than 'northern lights'

Saturn Lightning Caught By Cassini
2012-07-19 07:52:38

NASA’s Cassini satellite, which has been visiting Saturn now for eight years, caught a rare daytime lightning strike in a massive storm that has been plaguing the northern hemisphere of the distant ringed-planet for most of 2011.

2012-07-11 05:37:43

Researchers are working to identify exactly how a changing climate will impact specific elements of weather, such as clouds, rainfall, and lightning.

2012-07-06 23:02:31

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Lightning Protection Technologies (LPT) markets.

Lightning Safety Awareness Week
2012-06-26 06:33:07

The week of June 24-June 30 is noted as “Lightning Safety Week”. So what are some things that you can do when you hear the first crackle of thunder?


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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  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
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