Ball Lightning and Bead Lightning

Extreme Forms of Atmospheric Electricity

  • Authors
  • James Dale Barry

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. James Dale Barry
    Pages 1-9
  3. James Dale Barry
    Pages 11-31
  4. James Dale Barry
    Pages 33-43
  5. James Dale Barry
    Pages 45-77
  6. James Dale Barry
    Pages 79-131
  7. James Dale Barry
    Pages 133-146
  8. James Dale Barry
    Pages 147-202
  9. James Dale Barry
    Pages 203-291
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 293-298

About this book


The purpose of this monograph is to review the known physical aspects of two unusual forms of atmospheric luminous phenomena, to deduce their characteristics and properties, and to promote efforts to improve their understanding. These two forms, called ball lightning and bead lightning, have visual images that differ from the linear image associated with normallightning. The terms "balliightning" and "bead lightning" are used to denote atmospheric luminous forms which are occasionally observed and have the geometrie shape suggested by their name. Vet, it is possible that neither phenomenon may in fact be a form of lightning in the sense of a continuous electrical discharge. Bead lightning has been described as the residue of a cloud-to­ cloud or cloud-to-ground lightning stroke and has the appearance of aseries of luminous balls separated by dark regions, thus resembling astring of pearls, and remains visible for about one second. Ball lightning has been described as a single luminous globe appearing ne ar the ground after a lightning stroke and also remaining visible for about one second. Both phenomena remain visible far longer than normal lightning flashes.


Cloud lightning residue

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-3200-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-1710-5
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