Positive lightning can occur during strong storms.
Positive lightning is a rare form of lightning that carries a positive charge to the ground, rather than the negative charge normally associated with lightning. This type of ray can reach very long distances and with formidable power, which makes it extremely dangerous. It is usually much more powerful than normal lightning, reaching up to a billion volts of power.
Lightning striking a field.
Lightning is believed to be caused by a separation of electrical charges within a storm cloud. Typically, it emerges from the negatively charged base of a storm cloud in the form of a leader, which encounters a positively charged streamer coming from the ground. When the two connect, the result is a discharge of electricity from the cloud to the ground, causing a characteristic flash of light.
In the case of positive lightning, the charge comes from the positively charged top of a storm cloud and connects to a negatively charged streamer.
In the case of positive lightning, the charge comes from the positively charged top of a storm cloud and connects to a negatively charged streamer. This beam can travel 10 miles (16 kilometers) to encounter a negatively charged streamer, releasing a burst of positively charged energy to Earth. It is often associated with human activities, especially the launching of rockets and the testing of nuclear devices.
Positive lightning is associated with human activities such as launching rockets.
Since positive lightning is a unique phenomenon, special precautions must be taken to protect things like aircraft from it, as protections that are normally effective against lightning are useless. People are also warned to beware of this phenomenon, which tends to occur more during heavy storms and at the end of a storm. As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea for people to stay indoors for about 30 minutes after a storm, allowing the storm to pass and reducing the risk of being struck by lightning.
This type of lightning can travel great distances, so it’s not as predictable as other forms of lightning – which makes it more dangerous. He can also travel from cloud to cloud, also over great distances, and can sometimes make a connection to the ground after traveling this way. The result can be the so-called “blue ray”: a ray that strikes in apparently good weather.