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Lightning Powerful Enough To Produce Radiation Bursts Similar To What Occurs On The Sun? NASA just launched a new satellite that will be installed on the International Space Station to study rare high energy bursts that have been coming from earth. This is a VERY cool experiment and I have more in this article courtesy of NASA... NASA’s Firestation on way to the International Space Station http://fox41blogs.typepad.com/.a/6a0148c78b79ee970c019104981150970c-500wi In August 2013, NASA’s Firestation instrument will be mounted to the International Space Station to help study lightning, as seen here in an image captured in January 2011 from the space station while over Brazil, and its relationship to huge gamma ray bursts called terrestrial gamma ray flashes. Image Credit: ESA/NASA "An experiment to study the effects of lightning flashes on Earth's atmosphere hitched a ride to the International Space Station on Aug. 3, 2013. The Firestation experiment launched aboard a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s transfer vehicle called Kounotori-4. Firestation will be installed robotically to the outside of the space station, a process that will take about three weeks." http://fox41blogs.typepad.com/.a/6a0148c78b79ee970c0192ac618bfa970d-500wi Some 50 strokes of lightning occur on Earth every second. NASA’s Firestation will study lightning’s role in the vast electrical atmospheric system that surrounds Earth. Read more here http://fox41blogs.typepad.com/wdrb_weather/2013/08/lightning-powerful-enough-to-produce-radiation-bursts-similar-to-what-occurs-on-the-sun.html
Storms to hit Brisbane as Queensland heats up October 27, 2014 "Skies are expected to light up on Monday afternoon. Dramatic lightning storms are expected to hit Brisbane, while temperatures in some parts of Queensland have tipped 40 degrees. Skies are expected to light up in the state's capital on Monday afternoon when the mercury peaks at 36 degrees, about 10 hotter than average for this time of year. In Cunnamulla, in southwest Queensland, a temperature record that stood for more than a century tumbled on Sunday when it reached 42 degrees. And the weather bureau says other long-standing October temperature records could fall by the end of Monday. Advertisement "We're talking about eight to 10 degrees above average in some places, even 11 or 12 degrees," forecaster Dean Narramore said. "We're talking record temperatures for much of the southern interior and southeast inland today." snip http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/storms-to-hit-brisbane-as-queensland-heats-up-20141027-11cg9u.html#ixzz3HNlkvHqN