Space Station sensor to capture 'striking' lightning data
Keeping a spare on hand simply makes sense. Just as drivers keep spare tires on hand to replace a flat or blowout, NASA routinely maintains "spares," too. These flight hardware backups allow NASA to seamlessly ...
Lightning harnessed to protect grid components
The foes of power grids everywhere, lightning and other high voltage currents now can help utilities track the health of components throughout their systems.
Lightning jump might give warning of violent weather before radar can
A sudden increase in lightning strokes inside a thunderstorm might one day soon give forecasters five to 20 minutes of additional warning that a storm cell is about to produce violent weather.
Venezuelan region wins Guinness record for lightning
Catatumbo in western Venezuela has made it into the Guinness record books for being the place with the most lightning, some 20,000 flashes per hour.
First instance of ball lightning captured on video and spectrographs
Volcanic lightning recreated in the lab
An LMU team has, for the first time, created volcanic lightning in the lab and captured it on film. The new findings may permit rapid characterization of ash clouds released by volcanic eruptions and improve ...
NASA-led firefly mission to study lightning (w/ Video)
Somewhere on Earth, there's always a lightning flash. The globe experiences lightning some 50 times a second, yet the details of what initiates this common occurrence and what effects it has on the atmosphere ...
It's like a party in the atmosphere
Ever attend a wild party with flashing lights and loud music that snowballs into a dazzling moment worth remembering? That's something like how scientists describe the chain reactions in our atmosphere that ...
NASA image: Fires in China Oct. 18, 2013
Shuangyashan is a coal mining prefecture-level city located in the eastern part Heilongjiang province, People's Republic of China, bordering Russia's Khabarovsk and Primorsky krais to the east.
New evidence on lightning strikes: Mountains a lot less stable than we think
(Phys.org) —Lightning strikes causing rocks to explode have for the first time been shown to play a huge role in shaping mountain landscapes in southern Africa, debunking previous assumptions that angular ...
Device gives scientists front-row seat to lightning strikes
A device developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has become a valuable tool in researchers' quest to determine how lightning is spawned in clouds, to map strikes from beginning to end and ...
Alaska tundra shows surprising resilience after unprecedented fire
Despite the size and severity of the massive 2007 Anaktuvuk River fire on Alaska's North Slope, much of the arctic vegetation has recovered and the tundra is likely to return to its pre-fire condition according ...
NASA image: Fires plague Portugal
Portugal has been experiencing the worst drought in years. Drought and the dry conditions that follow lead to wildfires set by just a spark or a lightning strike. Portugal's north has been plagued with wildfires ...
Ballmer's replacement still a mystery
Guessing who might replace Steve Ballmer has always been something of a parlor game for Microsoft Corp. watchers.