Volcanic Lightning – WTF Weather

 

Transcript

a volcanic eruption is one of nature’s
most breathtaking display
[Music]
add light into the mix and you’ve got
one of the most spectacular phenomena
known to man volcanic lightning
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the science behind volcanic lightning
has been hotly debated for years and
it’s still not fully understood so what
do we know
it isn’t lightning striking a volcano
the cause of these bolts with fire and
ice first let temporal ice powerful
eruptions
send a plume of ash high into the
atmosphere where temperatures of -4
degrees Fahrenheit freeze particles
within the plume the frozen particles
collide with one another creating an
electric charge the positive and
negative charges separate from one
another eventually the distance between
them becomes too great the result is a
spectacular discharge of lightning high
up in the plume
but what about the lightning at the
mouth of the volcano ice can possibly
form in this extreme heat but the
breaking rocks around the mouth and ash
particles within the plume a capable of
creating huge amount of static
electricity rubbing together in the same
way particles do when they freeze
creating lightning so what they’re
seeing is actually a volcano making its
own lightning

Description

A volcanic eruption is one of nature’s most breathtaking displays. Add lightning to the mix and you’ve got one of the most spectacular phenomena known to man – volcanic lightning.

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Author: dhobson

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