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A Striking Discovery

Irelan, R. (2022, January 24). A Striking Discovery. UNH Today.

Lightning, for all its breathtaking and fearsome beauty, remains an incredibly mysterious force of nature. Now, a new study from UNH reveals a key piece of evidence that’s eluded scientists since the days of Ben Franklin’s kite experiment: how lightning actually begins within a storm cloud. Chris Sterpka, a UNH Ph.D. student studying lightning physics, is the first author of a groundbreaking study that could fundamentally shift the future of lightning research and ultimately improve the protection of humans and infrastructure from lightning strikes. To continue reading, follow the link above.