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Artificially triggered lightning above land

Naturevolume 257pages212214 (1975) | Download Citation



LIGHTNING has been triggered artificially in the Massif Central by launching small rockets carrying a thin steel wire connected to the ground. During two investigations in 1973 and 1974, a total of 20 triggerings have been achieved. Photographic evidence establishes the existence of two kinds of luminous object, lasting several tenths of a second, which may be similar to some varieties of ball lightning.

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  1. Electricité de France, Direction des Etudes et Recherches, Clamart, France

    • R. FIEUX
    •  & C. GARY
  2. Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, Service d'Electronique Physique, Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Saclay, France

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