Sun's Activity May Cause Lightning Strikes on Earth by 'Bending' the Magnetic Field

November 21, 2014 2:52 PM

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The sun may actually be influencing lightning strikes on Earth. How? The sun is temporarily "bending" Earth's magnetic field and allowing a shower of energetic particles to enter the upper atmosphere. In fact, it could be causing as much as 50 percent more lightning strikes in the UK.

The Earth's magnetic field functions as a built-in force field that shields our planet against a bombardment of particles from space, known as cosmic rays. These cosmic rays, however, have the potential to prompt a chain reaction of events in thunderclouds that trigger lightning bolts. This means th...

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