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Mostly Weather Episode 4 - Lightning

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In this month's episode, the Mostly Weather team take on the often shocking, sometimes electrifying and always hot topic of lightning.

Warning: this episode, like the previous sentence, contains multiple lightning puns.

Amongst a host of other lightning related facts and stories, this episode covers:-

  • The conditions needed for lightning
  • What particles get up to in clouds to create lightning - the 'rubbing a balloon on your jumper effect'
  • Brown & McFly's 1985 seminal paper: 'On charging flux capacitors'
  • What lightning bolts are made of and how much energy is within them
  • Ben Franklin's kite experiment
  • Why NASA dislike Floridian lightning storms
  • Doug's experience with a maritime faraday cage
  • How we forecast lightning and why this important for aviation, events and the Queen
  • The effects of climate change on the number of lightning strikes each year
  • Why being a man might make you more susceptible to being struck by lightning

Additional show notes

Sprites and elves

Sprites and elves

XKCD comic on conditional risk

XKCD comic on conditional risk

A faintly visible example of Lichtenburg figure scarring

A faintly visible example of Lichtenburg figure scarring

Last updated: Jan 21, 2016 11:23 AM