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Offline miraculon

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Red lightning
« on: July 11, 2019, 08:56:59 AM »
Last evening, I saw a reddish lightning bolt over Lake Huron. I have seen this before, but it is unusual and most strikes are the brilliant white as expected.

I am not referring to Sprites, which most searches come up with for red lightning.

I saw one explanation of dust causing the tinge, but I doubt this. The very next stroke was blue-white. If it were dust, I would expect to see them all with a tint.

I suspect that it is some kind of variation in the plasma due to voltage or current.

This thread on Yahoo has some posters suggesting that it is related to the temperature of the stroke.

Anyone have any authoritative info on this?

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Re: Red lightning
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2019, 10:30:50 AM »
No two bolts are close enough to each other to be able to compare atmosphere between you and them visually.  My guess may be a rain shaft obscured part of one.  Or it could just be that one was much farther away.

Offline ocala

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Re: Red lightning
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2019, 05:36:52 AM »
I would also suggest far away.
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