Supercharged thunderstorm reaches a record 1.3 billion volts

By muon imaging the GRAPES-3 collaboration showed huge voltages develop in supercharged thunderstorms and reported a voltage of 1.3GV on Dec. 1, 2014. This is 10 times larger than previous record of 0.13GV. This verifies the 90-year-old prediction of 1GV by C.T.R. Wilson. Such massive voltages are needed for production of high-energy (100 MeV) gamma-rays detected in terrestrial gamma ray flashes emanating from thunderstorms, first discovered 25 years ago.

Supercharged thunderstorm reaches a record 1.3 billion volts

Supercharged thunderstorm reaches a record 1.3 billion voltsSupercharged thunderstorm reaches a record 1.3 billion volts, Published online: 22 March 2019; doi:10.1038/d41586-019-00934-zMeasurements ...

Fri 22 Mar 19 from Nature News

Researchers use muon detector to measure electric potential in a thunderstorm

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Tue 19 Mar 19 from Phys.org

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Thunderstorm with eye-popping 720GJ of energy

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Tue 19 Mar 19 from Ars Technica

Indian Scientists Measure 1.3-Billion-Volt Thunderstorm, the Strongest on Record

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Fri 15 Mar 19 from Gizmodo

Record thunderstorm had electric potential of 1.3B volts

Scientists have reported a new record for the most powerful thunderstorm on record. The massive storm boasted an electric potential of 1.3 billion volts.

Wed 20 Mar 19 from UPI

Ooty’s muon detection facility measures potential of thundercloud

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Sat 23 Mar 19 from The Hindu

GRAPES-3 muon telescope discovers record 1.3 gigavolt potential in a thundercloud

By muon imaging the GRAPES-3 collaboration showed huge voltages develop in supercharged thunderstorms and reported a voltage of 1.3GV on Dec. 1, 2014. This is 10 times larger than previous record ...

Wed 20 Mar 19 from Eurekalert

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