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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">The series of electrical processes taking place within 1 s by which charge is  transferred along a [[discharge]] channel between [[electric charge]] centers of opposite sign within a  [[thundercloud]] ([[intracloud flash]]), between a [[cloud]] charge center and the earth's surface ([[cloud-  to-ground flash]] or [[ground-to-cloud discharge]]), between two different clouds (intercloud or  [[cloud-to-cloud discharge]]), or between a cloud charge and the air ([[air discharge]]).</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">It is a very large-scale form of the common [[spark discharge]]. A single lightning discharge is  called a [[lightning flash]].</div><br/> </div>
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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">The series of electrical processes taking place within 1 s by which charge is  transferred along a [[discharge]] channel between [[electric charge]] centers of opposite sign within a  [[thundercloud]] ([[intracloud flash]]), between a [[cloud]] charge center and the earth's surface ([[cloud-to-ground flash|cloud-  to-ground flash]] or [[ground-to-cloud discharge]]), between two different clouds (intercloud or  [[cloud-to-cloud  discharge|cloud-to-cloud discharge]]), or between a cloud charge and the air ([[air discharge]]).</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">It is a very large-scale form of the common [[spark discharge]]. A single lightning discharge is  called a [[lightning flash]].</div><br/> </div>
 
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Latest revision as of 17:20, 25 April 2012



lightning discharge

The series of electrical processes taking place within 1 s by which charge is transferred along a discharge channel between electric charge centers of opposite sign within a thundercloud (intracloud flash), between a cloud charge center and the earth's surface (cloud- to-ground flash or ground-to-cloud discharge), between two different clouds (intercloud or cloud-to-cloud discharge), or between a cloud charge and the air (air discharge).

It is a very large-scale form of the common spark discharge. A single lightning discharge is called a lightning flash.