A Possible Effect of Lightning Discharge on Precipitation Formation Process

  1. Helmut Weickmann
  1. Bernard Vonnegut and
  2. Charles B. Moore

Published Online: 18 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/GM005p0287

Physics of Precipitation: Proceedings of the Cloud Physics Conference, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, June 3-5, 1959

Physics of Precipitation: Proceedings of the Cloud Physics Conference, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, June 3-5, 1959

How to Cite

Vonnegut, B. and Moore, C. B. (2013) A Possible Effect of Lightning Discharge on Precipitation Formation Process, in Physics of Precipitation: Proceedings of the Cloud Physics Conference, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, June 3-5, 1959 (ed H. Weickmann), American Geophysical Union, Washington D. C.. doi: 10.1029/GM005p0287

Author Information

  1. Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1960

Book Series:

  1. Geophysical Monograph Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Waldo E. Smith

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875900056

Online ISBN: 9781118668931

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Keywords:

  • Atmospheric electrical measurement;
  • Charged droplet;
  • Effect of lightning discharge;
  • Lightning stroke;
  • Nature of lightning discharge

Summary

The electrical effects caused by lightning strokes within clouds may cause a rapid and effective drop coalescence process. It is suggested that the lightning stroke intensely electrifies cloud drops in its immediate vicinity. These drops acquire a charge opposite 10 that carried by the rest of the cloud and under the influence of electrical forces move rapidly away from the stroke, colliding and coalescing with the unaffected droplets.