Runaway breakdown and hydrometeors in lightning initiation.

  title={Runaway breakdown and hydrometeors in lightning initiation.},
  author={A V Gurevich and A. N. Karashtin},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  volume={110 18},
The particular electric pulse discharges are observed in thunderclouds during the initiation stage of negative cloud-to-ground lightning. The discharges are quite different from conventional streamers or leaders. A detailed analysis reveals that the shape of the pulses is determined by the runaway breakdown of air in the thundercloud electric field initiated by extensive atmospheric showers (RB-EAS). The high amplitude of the pulse electric current is due to the multiple microdischarges at… CONTINUE READING
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