A Crown Flash

Crown Flash

A Crown Flash

Crown Flash

Back in 2011 we wrote a news item about the strange lights that can sometimes be seen dancing in the sky above storm clouds – Dancing Clouds. We saw in a recent post by the Bad Astronomer at Slate Magazine that these amazing light effects, caused by the ice crystals above the storm cloud aligning with the shifting electrostatic fields caused by lightening strikes below, were given a name back in 1971.

In a letter to Nature Magazine about a sighting in 1970, this amazing light effect was named “A Crown Flash”.

3 Comments
  • Laurence Green

    June 29, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    The wonders of clouds never fail to amaze and keep us ever watchful.

    Marvellous capture!

    Laurence

  • G L Brown

    August 31, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Amazing video.
    Laurence

  • Ginnie Powell

    September 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Finally got around to viewing this. It is the cooling thing I have every seen on this web site.

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