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(Phys Org2)   Goodness, gracious, great balls of lightning   (phys.org) divider line 19
    More: Cool, lightning, spectrographs, first instance, offer of proof, Physical Review Letters, Max Planck Institute, durations, saturation  
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2014-01-19 06:17:15 PM
Was it unaffected by summoning sickness?
 
2014-01-19 06:27:53 PM
moarpowah.com
 
2014-01-19 06:40:32 PM
I actually witnessed ball lightning as a kid during a pretty violent thunder storm. It wasnt until years later I learned what it was. Pretty wild I hope I get a chance to see it again one day.
 
2014-01-19 06:43:09 PM

RoxtarRyan: Was it unaffected by summoning sickness?


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2014-01-19 06:44:25 PM
www.abugames.com
 
2014-01-19 06:45:06 PM
bah, late.  oh well
 
2014-01-19 06:59:33 PM
I assumed ball lighting was real through my childhood and early adulthood. As video cameras became more ubiquitous, we saw more and more footage of transient events -- tornadoes, auto accidents, meteors, assaults, and so on -- but no ball lightning. (No LGM coming out of saucers, either.) I'd about written ball lightning off as visual afterimages. But I'd be really happy to be proven wrong.

Anybody have a link to the actual video?
 
2014-01-19 07:12:34 PM
 
2014-01-19 07:39:17 PM

jfarkinB: I assumed ball lighting was real through my childhood and early adulthood. As video cameras became more ubiquitous, we saw more and more footage of transient events -- tornadoes, auto accidents, meteors, assaults, and so on -- but no ball lightning. (No LGM coming out of saucers, either.) I'd about written ball lightning off as visual afterimages. But I'd be really happy to be proven wrong.

Anybody have a link to the actual video?


There are a few pretty convincing videos on YouTube. Also, you can make what looks a lot like ball lightning in your microwave, if you're stupid. I won't even post a link to that, it's so unwise. That sort of plasma ball has been made in the lab fairly often, but the question is whether it's the same thing as natural ball lightning.
 
2014-01-19 07:44:55 PM

jfarkinB: I assumed ball lighting was real through my childhood and early adulthood. As video cameras became more ubiquitous, we saw more and more footage of transient events -- tornadoes, auto accidents, meteors, assaults, and so on -- but no ball lightning. (No LGM coming out of saucers, either.) I'd about written ball lightning off as visual afterimages. But I'd be really happy to be proven wrong.

Anybody have a link to the actual video?


Also:  http://www.fark.com/comments/7378054/Goodness-gracious-great-balls-of - lightning
 
2014-01-19 07:47:37 PM
My grandmother was chased up her basement stairs by ball lightning once years and years ago.

Beat that!
 
2014-01-19 08:08:43 PM

sxacho: My grandmother was chased up her basement stairs by ball lightning once years and years ago.

Beat that!


My great-grandmother was chased up an elevator shaft by ball lightning 5 minutes ago.

My work here is done.
 
2014-01-19 08:24:59 PM
My mother says she saw ball lightning when she was a child.
 
2014-01-19 08:32:01 PM
I witnessed it once, alongside a road as we were driving.  Two other people in the car saw it as well.  Cool stuff, the thing WTF?!? was meant for.
 
2014-01-19 08:34:10 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: I witnessed it once, alongside a road as we were driving.  Two other people in the car saw it as well.  Cool stuff, the thing WTF?!? was meant for.


I always assumed it was a static discharge related effect, like St. Elmo's Fire.

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2014-01-19 08:35:35 PM
I was sitting on the bed during a hellatious thunderstorm in South Florida in the 50s. We didn't have A/C, so the windows were slightly open, as was the screen door. A big blue-green ball of lightning rolled through the screen door, past the bedroom door, rose up as it passed through the kitchen where my mom was standing, and exited the house through the window behind her.
She was so terrified, she didn't even scream.
I, however, was immensely entertained as only a weird 7 y.o. could be.
/still keep the windows open during thunderstorms, hoping.
 
2014-01-20 12:41:27 AM
My nerves are shaken and my brain is rattled.
 
2014-01-20 06:24:19 AM
This is Fark, we prefer our ball lightning in a vodak bottle

/don't think it's ball lightning, but still cool
 
2014-01-20 08:14:57 AM

mrhollywoodgates: link to video:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/19/ball-lightning-recorded-natu r e-first-time_n_4618694.html

A little disappointing, though.


Yeah. Without reading the paper, that video doesn't seem like enough evidence to reject the null hypothesis, which in this case of course would be "it's a streetlight".
 
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