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Re: Ball Lightning from high-amp discharge

Original poster: Mike <megavolts61@xxxxxxxxx>

Well, that doesn't sound like a description of racing sparks to me as 'someone' suggested.

Original poster: Ed Phillips <evp@xxxxxxxxxxx>

>I don't remember seeing it in CSN, but it was ten years ago when I
>last read it.  It is mentioned in his patent for the magnifying
>   Which patent #?  I'm trying to figure out what he actually called
>the phenomenon.


For Jan 3rd in the CSN, NT mentions (I'm paraphrasing)
that streamers may split up
when they strike the floor, then recombine.  He mentions that some
sections of a streamer may brighten and develop the character of
a spark.  When the action is very energetic, he says that due to
the power of the streamer and other causes, the luminous portion
of the streamer becomes a veritable "fireball".  NT went on to say
that previously he had believed that so-called fireballs seen by other
folks during storms, etc were merely visual impressions such as
a person might see when receiving a blow to the head, the eye, etc.
He says he now sees how fireballs
can be created when a mass of air is heated by a powerful
discharge.  He goes on to give a long discussion of his ideas
of how the fireball is formed.

John  "

    Found it and read it.  Interesting discussion.

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