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Lightning research comes down to earth

August 8, 2019

For several decades it has been known that gamma-ray flashes can accompany lightning strikes in thunderstorms. These observations…
UNH Researchers Find Unusual Phenomenon in Clouds Triggers Lightning Flash

April 17, 2019

In a first-of-its-kind observation, researchers from the University of New Hampshire Space Science Center have documented a unique event…
UW atmospheric scientists to study most extreme storms on Earth, up close

October 20, 2018

Two University of Washington atmospheric scientists are leaving for a weeks-long, firsthand study of some of the fiercest…
Telescope Array: A bolt of insight

May 23, 2018

In the western Utah desert, the Telescope Array sprawls across an area the size of New York City,…
Lightning Sparking More Boreal Forest Fires

June 27, 2017

A new NASA-funded study finds that lightning storms were the main driver of recent massive fire years in…
How lightning strikes can improve storm forecasts

November 11, 2016

Humans have always been frightened and fascinated by lightning. This month, NASA is scheduled to launch a new…
Lightning Captured at High-speed Camera

May 25, 2016

Scientists at the Florida Institute of Technology have captured stunning images of lightning at 7,000 frames per second while testing…
Measuring X-rays created by lightning strikes on an aircraft in-flight

October 2, 2015

Scientists have recorded measurements of X-rays of energies up to 10 MeV caused by electrons accelerated in the…
Andreas Mogensen to photograph giant lightning bolts and thunder clouds from space

August 26, 2015

On his forthcoming space mission, Denmark’s first astronaut—Andreas Mogensen—will photograph giant lightning bolts and thunder clouds through the…
Ten things to know about thunderstorms that strike at night

July 24, 2015

Thunderstorms that strike by night are a mysterious phenomenon. Scientists are burning the midnight oil this summer in search of…
What Causes Lightning?

July 11, 2015

Thunder and lightning. When it comes to the forces of nature, few other things have inspired as much…
Physicist Finds Mysterious Anti-electron Clouds Inside Thunderstorm

May 13, 2015

A terrifying few moments flying into the top of an active thunderstorm in a research aircraft has led…
Exploding stars help to understand thunderclouds on Earth

April 23, 2015

How is lightning initiated in thunderclouds? This is difficult to answer – how do you measure electric fields…
Researchers get rare lightning video

February 5, 2015

A team of Florida Institute of Technology researchers led by Associate Professor Ningyu Liu has captured rare and…
Striking lightning from space

January 29, 2015

Lightning illuminates the area it strikes on Earth but the flash can be seen from space, too. This…
Lightning expected to increase by 50 percent with global warming

November 14, 2014

Today’s climate models predict a 50 percent increase in lightning strikes across the United States during this century…
First-of-its-kind Geostationary Lightning Mapper completed for GOES-R satellite

October 10, 2014

The Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument for NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R (GOES-R) completed development and…
‘Dressed’ laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning

April 22, 2014

This is an illustration of the dressed filament that fuels the high-intensity laser to travel farther. Credit: Courtesy…
Researchers developing system to predict lightning

March 18, 2014

Phillip Gentry | UAH Millions of people who work or play outdoors might one day soon have a…
Space Station Sensor to Capture ‘Striking’ Lightning Data

March 5, 2014

Keeping a spare on hand simply makes sense. Just as drivers keep spare tires on hand to replace…
First instance of ball lightning captured on video and spectrographs

January 20, 2014

Researchers in China have captured, for the first time, an instance of ball lightning, on digital video along…
Firefly Mission to Study Lightning

November 18, 2013

Somewhere on Earth, there’s always a lightning flash. The globe experiences lightning some 50 times a second, yet…
It’s Like a Party in the Atmosphere!

November 5, 2013

Ever attend a wild party with flashing lights and loud music that snowballs into a dazzling moment worth…
New evidence on lightning strikes: Mountains a lot less stable than we think

October 16, 2013

Lightning strikes causing rocks to explode have for the first time been shown to play a huge role…
Researchers use climate model to better understand electricity in the air

October 4, 2013

Electrical currents born from thunderstorms are able to flow through the atmosphere and around the globe, causing a…
Harnessing the power of lightning to charge a mobile phone

October 1, 2013

Wireless charging, in and of itself, is pretty darn cool. But imagine if you could charge your phone…
Ash charges up volcanic lightning

September 16, 2013

The science of how rubbing a balloon on a woolly jumper creates an electric charge may help to…
Is it a bird, a plane, a UFO? It’s a…red sprite

August 26, 2013

Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a UFO? Strange lights in the sky are…
New insights into the one-in-a-million lightning called ‘ball lightning’

August 8, 2013

One of the rare scientific reports on the rarest form of lightning — ball lightning — describes better…
Watch Sprite Lightning Flash at 10,000 frames Per Second

August 8, 2013

Mysterious red sprite lightning is intriguing: sprites occur only at high altitudes above thunderstorms, only last for a…
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