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abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light

the flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere (or something resembling such a flash)

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have proposed a novel system that could save passenger as well as military planes from lightning strikes.
Lightning strike is an environmental disaster that can cause death.
Wu's model indicated that the pause between the two pulses (on the order of microseconds) as well as the duration of each pulse (on the order of nanoseconds) were equal to those of the electron bunches released in a lightning strike step.
Elsewhere, the storms brought trains in the North East to a halt after lightning strikes caused signal failures north and south of Newcastle.
A spokesman for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters ventilated the property and investigated the cause, which appeared to be a lightning strike.
LIGHTNING strikes across Europe have killed one man and left several children fighting for their lives.
Lightning strikes in northern France and southwest Germany on Saturday left nine people seriously hurt, authorities said.
A BLAZE that broke out at the Tata Steel plant in Port Talbot is thought to have been started by a lightning strike.
QUETTA -- At least five people among them three little girls were killed and four others including three children were injured in devastating lightning strike in Harnai and Loralai areas of Balochistan, respectively at night between Saturday and Sunday.
A single lightning strike can heat the air around it to between 18,000 and 60,000 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
We are analyzing the sounds that come out from the lightning strike to investigate its microphysical properties.
The project is exploring the use of the high-temperature resistant silicon carbide to make Current Limiting Diodes (CLDs), a new kind of protection device which stands to reduce the amount of electrical energy traditional suppressors have to deal with during a lightning strike.
In deaths resulting from lightning strike there may either be no evidence on the dead person's clothes or body or there may be burnt or torn patches on their clothes and lichtenberg figures specific to lightning strikes on their bodies.
When these electrical fields get strong enough, the atmosphere is no longer able to insulate the electrical charge and it erupts into a lightning strike.
Blitzortung has set up a real-time monitoring system capable of tracking every lightning strike worldwide with a delay of 4 seconds or less.