Accession Number : AD0664366

Title :   BALL LIGHTNING RESEARCH AT HIGHLAND LOOKOUT, MONTANA,

Corporate Author : DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT CO INC SANTA MONICA CALIF SPACE SCIENCES DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Evenson,K. M.

Report Date : JAN 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : The existence of ball lightning has only recently begun to be accepted by the scientific community, although many sightings have been reported over the past 200 years. In this century, many hypotheses have been suggested to explain the observed properties of ball lightning. In the past two years, some attempts have been made to produce 'ball lightning' in the laboratory. A few of these attempts have been partially successful, one being that of J. D. Barry of UCLA who recently produced what appears to be a form of ball lightning at atmospheric pressure (to be published). In order to determine the nature and properties of ball lightning, it was decided that an attempt must be made to obtain physical data in the field. This report presents the results of a site survey of a possible location where ball-lightning activity may be high enough to guarantee some success in making physical measurements. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*LIGHTNING, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES), LUMINESCENCE, GLOW DISCHARGES, PLASMAS(PHYSICS), SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH, ATMOSPHERIC ELECTRICITY, ELECTRIC DISCHARGES, MONTANA, PHOSPHORESCENCE

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE