By Mark Stenhoff
Down comes a deluge of sonorous hail, Or prone-descending rain. Wide-rent, the clouds Pour an entire flood, and but, its flame unquenched, Th’unconquerable lightning struggles via. Ragged and fierce, or in purple whirling balls, And fires the mountains with redoubled rage. Black from the stroke, above, the smould’ring pine Stands a tragic shattered trunk; and, stretched lower than, a dull crew the blasted farm animals lie. James Thompson, “The Seasons” (1727) were investigating ball lightning for greater than 20 years. I released a ball lightning file in Nature in 1976 that obtained world wide exposure and that i for that reason many of us wrote to me with debts in their personal studies. inside a really little while, I had collected approximately two hundred firsthand money owed, and the dossier has endured to develop progressively because then. numerous issues inspired me. Few of these who wrote to me had any special foreknowledge of ball lightning on the time in their remark. still, as soon as stories of different phenomena reminiscent of St. Elmo’s fireplace have been eradicated, the rest descriptions have been remarkably constant. in addition, approximately all who contacted me have been prepared to have a proof of what they'd visible and appeared completely honest.
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