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Dirty Thunderstorm

Dirty Thunderstorm

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A dirty thunderstorm, or volcanic lightning, is a spectacular phenomenon caused by a volcanic eruption.

‘As fragments of rock and ash particles shoot upwards in the towering plume,’ writes journalist Paul Simons, ‘they hit each other and the friction generates static charges that create lightning bolts. And as the volcanic cloud cools off high up in the atmosphere, water from the eruption turns to ice and adds extra punch to the electrical storm.’

Photo credit: Oliver Spalt

Source: Sott.net

Jaime Menchén

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