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To: SunnyUsa
You talk a lot, but you can't answer a simple question.

Where does lightning come from?

40 posted on 07/29/2005 7:21:20 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: Doe Eyes
I asked you a question first, hon

Answer my question about What the MESSAGE is....

then we'll get to yours

41 posted on 07/29/2005 7:22:21 PM PDT by SunnyUsa (No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.)
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To: Doe Eyes
"Where does lightning come from?"

It's static electricity. To be simple and short just as you wipe electrons free from the rug when you walk and they collect on your shoe and conduct everywhere from your fingertips to your head, the wind does the same. The charge collects in the atmosphere. WInds are greater in storms and the water droplets act as dielectrics collecting and concentrating charges.

When charges are separated, an electric field results. The more charge, or the smaller the distance of separation, the higher the field. Air and moist air can only support a certain field before the air breaks down into a plasma(separate charges) and conducts. The conduction is the lighning bolt. The measure of electric field strength is in volts/unit length.

49 posted on 07/29/2005 7:42:04 PM PDT by spunkets
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