Mysterylights Group Message 0089

Subject: Re: Fwd = Anatomy of a Lightning Ball
From: "ozestrange" <ozestrange@...>
Date: 11 Feb 2002 21:39

Good stuff Frits

What do you think of the work of Hutchison/Corliss etc.
Are you and me the only people on this board.  ;)


> Anatomy of a Lightning Ball
> An aerial wonder, pondered for ages, no longer seems so ghostly
>    Peter Weiss
>    Not  many  people  get  to  see ball lightning, but those who do 
>    forget  it.  Imagine  a glowing orb suddenly materializing in 
front of
>    you,  possibly  sizzling  or exuding a bluish mist and an acrid 
>    The  globe  may  be larger than a beach ball and dart through 
the air,
>    perhaps  hovering  occasionally  as  if considering its next 
move. The
>    ball  may  also  roll or bounce along the ground, climb utility 
>    and  skitter  along  power  lines. As it travels, the fiery 
sphere may
>    destroy  electrical equipment, ignite fires, and even singe 
animals or
>    people.
>    After  only  10  seconds  or  so,  the  apparition  typically 
>    abruptly.  Some  balls  flick out in silence, like a lamp 
turning off.
>    Others burst with sharp bangs and fiery streamers.
>    Despite   half-a-millenniums   worth  of  anecdotal  reports  
and  two
>    centuries  of  scientific  investigations, no one yet can say 
for sure
>    just  what  ball  lightning  is.  Lately,  however,  a  small 
group of
>    researchers  has  developed theories and reported experimental 
>    that  appear  to explain some features of ball lightning that 
>    models couldnt account for.
> --[FULL article with pictures at above URL]----
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