View Single Post
Old 09-14-2016, 01:48 PM
Vinyasi's Avatar
Vinyasi Vinyasi is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 469
Snapshot of equalization occurring between the top & bottom of an artificial tornado.

Originally Posted by Vinyasi View Post
According to my understanding of the following link on the inner mechanics of tornadoes...

The Electromagnetic Nature of Tornadic Supercell Thunderstorms

...a vortex of swirling air at the base of the tornado charges itself up with an electrostatic charge which is oppositely charged relative to the air mass above the tornado's opening at its top. Lightning bolts between these two air masses help equalize the difference of electrical charges between the two air masses. These lightning bolts do not strike the ground. The Earth receives no current from these lightning strikes which travel down the central shaft of a tornado.


CGI Special Effect of an artificial Tornado
created for the movie, "Twister", depicting a lightning
bolt traveling down the rim of a tornado's shaft


Last edited by Vinyasi; 09-14-2016 at 01:53 PM. Reason: added an attachment
Reply With Quote