Monthly Archives: March 2011
Mulitple cloud to ground and cloud to cloud lightning strikes from thunderstorm
Night sky, storm coming in.
Location: Madera, California
Date: March, 2003
Photographer: Linda Wisener
A storm that made its way through our area in June.
Location: Shakopee, Minnesota
Date: June, 2003
Photographer: Christina Bowker
A photograph of the phenomenon known as St. Elmo’s Fire…St. Elmo’s Fire: Luminous greenish or bluish glow above pointed objects on the ground. Named for the patron saint of sailors, St. Elmo’s Fire is created by the soft glow of an electric field generated by a continuous flow of tiny sparks. The tiny sparks are postive charges reaching skyward in response to a growing area of negative charge in the clouds or air above. Instead of generating a lightning strike, the corona discharge, as it’s called, flees objects such the masts of ships, power poles, radio and TV antennas or towers, and the wings of aircraft, causing the glow. If a thunderstorm is nearby, St. Elmo’s Fire might precede a lightning strike close by.
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Photographer: Cary Allen, Former Chief Meteorologist, WACH-TV