Lightning could have sparked the beginnings of life, but the primordial atmosphere might have made it more difficult for lightning to initiate.
Typhoons regularly drench densely populated western Pacific regions, but lightning could forecast intensity more than a day before a storm’s strength peaks.
Reports of ghostly spheres of light are often too qualitative. These scientists want your detailed accounts.
In a coordinated monitoring effort, scientists have uncovered the timing and triggering of high-energy lightning events in the sky.
On early Earth, rock created by lightning strikes to the ground likely held a form of phosphorus necessary for prebiotic chemistry.
Lightning in a thunderstorm changes the electromagnetic field in a way that sparks upward lightning from tall structures.
“Thundersnow”—thunderstorm activity accompanying a winter storm—was spotted near southern Texas earlier this year.
The increase may be due to climate change, researchers suggest, but the trend hasn’t been observed in other lightning data sets.
New research suggests ocean acidification could make lighting more intense.