Thunder and lighting is a part of this world and sometimes we wonder how it ever appears to begin with. Watch to find out how thunder and lighting is formed.
PRODUCER: Matt @ Question Time
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I have been studying lightning for some time. I don't believe there is any heat associated with the lightning bolt it self. However, the excitation of molecule's after a strike suggest that is a heat source. I have been within 4 ft of a direct strike. I touched the ground where the lightning bolt hit and it was cold. You described the current discussion on lightning as having extreme heat. NOT! Also it is very important to recognize that lightning does not have magnetic properties such as electricity does AC or DC. Yes there is the + & - elements present at the time of a strike but those are not part of the lightning bolt itself but rather a following charge. Think about this...Lightning does not arc it flashes!!!! Before it flashes there is a stream of energy that can only be seen by specialized equipment this stream provides for the connectivity and flash that is the collapse of the stream. lot's more to learn,, what is the actual white plasma??? Just some food for thought.