Guest Videos: What Is Lightning?

When thunder roars, go indoors! — words of wisdom from James Spann and other meteorologists.

Note that on Earth, lightning is most frequent in equatorial regions.

For almost 40 years–ever since Voyager passed the planet Jupiter–scientists have wondered why lightning is more frequent at Jupiter’s poles. It otherwise seems to work pretty much the same way as terrestrial lightning.

Thanks to data from the Juno mission, they may have figured it out now.

Meanwhile, back on Earth–

This video seemed the most likely authentic one in my YouTube search:

What they are doing is incredibly dangerous, by the way (and not because of that mysterious ball). Lightning is not confined to behind the hill. People have been struck and killed many miles from a storm.

h/t to James Spann for this:

No injuries or fatalities were reported for that strike, but it happens sometimes. You really don’t want to get hit by lightning:

Featured image: Michael Seeley, CC BY 2.0.

One comment

  1. A little off-topic, but James Spann does weather for my general area. His expertise in covering severe weather helped us survive a direct hit from an EF4 tornado.

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