Lightning FAQ: Where can I find information about ball lightning?
Since there have been no scientific observations of ball lightning,
little definite information exists except for theories based on
eyewitness accounts. You can see a photo of what could be ball lightning at
the National Geographic lightning web site. A few drawings
based on eywitness descriptions have also been made.
Since an arc from a short-circuiting power line exhibits many of the characteristics attributed to ball lightning and since a direct lightning strike can cause such a short circuit, many ball lightning reports may actually be nothing more than faults (short circuits) on energized power lines.
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