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Lightning in New Mexico, USA

Lightning in New Mexico, USA


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Lightning in New Mexico, USA

Lightning. Night-time view of multiple bolts of lightning striking the ground. Lightning occurs when a large, electrical charge builds up in a cloud. This is probably due to the rapid movement of water droplets and ice particles within the cloud. Large thunderclouds generally have very turbulent interiors. The charge induces an opposite charge on the ground, and a few " leader electrons" travel to the ground. When one makes contact, there is a huge backflow of energy up the path of the electron. This produces a bright flash of light and temperatures of up to 30, 000 degrees celsius. Photographed near Lordsburg, New Mexico, USA

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Awesome Climate Electrical Storm Lightning Lightning Strike Meteorology New Mexico Night Storm Weather


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This print captures the mesmerizing power of lightning in New Mexico, USA. Illuminating the night sky with its awe-inspiring display, multiple bolts of lightning strike the ground, creating a breathtaking spectacle. Lightning occurs when an immense electrical charge builds up within a cloud, often caused by the rapid movement of water droplets and ice particles. The turbulent interiors of large thunderclouds serve as catalysts for this natural phenomenon. As the charge induces an opposite charge on the ground, a few "leader electrons" embark on their journey towards it. When one successfully makes contact with the earth's surface, an incredible surge of energy travels back along its path. In this momentous exchange, temperatures soar to staggering heights of up to 30,000 degrees Celsius while producing an intense flash of light that illuminates everything around it. The sheer force and beauty captured in this photograph near Lordsburg, New Mexico leave viewers in awe. This image serves as a reminder of nature's raw power and showcases how meteorology plays a crucial role in understanding weather patterns and phenomena like electrical storms and lightning strikes. Science Photo Library brings us yet another extraordinary visual experience through their lens - showcasing both Mother Nature's might and our unwavering fascination with her wonders.

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