Ball Lightning: An Unsolved Problem in Atmospheric Physics by Mark Stenhoff

By Mark Stenhoff

Down comes a deluge of sonorous hail, Or prone-descending rain. Wide-rent, the clouds Pour an entire flood, and but, its flame unquenched, Th’unconquerable lightning struggles via. Ragged and fierce, or in pink whirling balls, And fires the mountains with redoubled rage. Black from the stroke, above, the smould’ring pine Stands a tragic shattered trunk; and, stretched lower than, a dull team the blasted livestock lie. James Thompson, “The Seasons” (1727) were investigating ball lightning for greater than twenty years. I released a ball lightning document in Nature in 1976 that bought around the world exposure and that i therefore many folks wrote to me with money owed in their personal reviews. inside a truly little while, I had collected approximately two hundred firsthand bills, and the dossier has persisted to develop progressively on account that then. numerous issues inspired me. Few of these who wrote to me had any distinctive foreknowledge of ball lightning on the time in their remark. still, as soon as reviews of alternative phenomena akin to St. Elmo’s hearth have been eradicated, the remainder descriptions have been remarkably constant. additionally, approximately all who contacted me have been willing to have a proof of what they'd visible and appeared fullyyt sincere.

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