Ball lightning caused by oxidation of nanoparticle networks from normal lightning strikes on soil

@article{Abrahamson2000BallLC,
  title={Ball lightning caused by oxidation of nanoparticle networks from normal lightning strikes on soil},
  author={John Abrahamson and James Dinniss},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2000},
  volume={403},
  pages={519-521}
}
Observations of ball lightning have been reported for centuries, but the origin of this phenomenon remains an enigma. The ‘average’ ball lightning appears as a sphere with a diameter of 300 mm, a lifetime of about 10 s, and a luminosity similar to a 100-W lamp1. It floats freely in the air, and ends either in an explosion, or by simply fading from view. It almost invariably occurs during stormy weather2,3. Several energy sources have been proposed2,3,4 to explain the light, but none of these… CONTINUE READING

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