Accession Number : ADP002237

Title :   The Origin of Thunderstorm - Electricity,

Corporate Author : TECHNISCHE UNIV DRESDEN (GERMAN D R) SEKTION ELEKTROTECHNIK

Personal Author(s) : Puehringer,A.

Report Date : 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : Since Benjamin Franklin, it has been known that lightning bolts are enormous electrical sparks. For over 230 years, many efforts have been made in vain to explain the production of thunderstorm electricity. All known physical methods have been utilized except one: the generation of electricity by electromagnetic induction (e.m.i.) has hitherto not been used as a basis for a thunderstorm theory. All presuppositions for the application of the e.m.i. to a cloud are present, because there exist electrical conductors in form of water droplets which are moved by winds in the magnetic field of the earth. The new theory, giving the possibility of involving new parameters - the wind and the geomagnetic field - in the research programs, is sustained in many points by observations.

Descriptors :   *Thunderstorms, *Atmospheric electricity, Theory, Motion, Geomagnetism, Electromagnetic induction, Dipoles, Symposia

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