Electrical Discharge and Precipitation


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1.  In 2006, scientists began to use satellite imaging to see if there was a correlation between the amount of charged ice in clouds and the amount of lightning activity

  • Ice particles within cloud carry a positive or negative charge
  • As the particles collide, the charge builds up and results in lightning

2.  Thunderstorm clouds are filled with tiny ice particles that are kept aloft by air pressure and wind

  • There is a point however, where they are too large and fall to earth in the form of “Precipitation”
  • The more ice in the cloud, the more rain will be produced as the ice melts

3.  The key is that ice is vital to the development of lightning

  • As different ice particles collide (each carrying their own positive or negative charge), their electric charge grows
  • When that charge is finally released — we see lightning

4.  In effect, the more ice in a cloud that you have, the more lightning is likely to be generated

  • The more ice (and therefore lightning within the cloud), the more rain will be produced

Information Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2006/1011-mysteries_of_thunderstorms.htm


√ Image Source (USA Today article): http://www.usatoday.com/weather/research/2008-02-29-china-weather_N.htm
√ Image Source (Beijing Olympics): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Summer_Olympics


5.  As far back as 1946, a General Electric Researcher named Bernard Vonnegut discovered this relationship between ice (lightning) and rainfall

  • He also discovered the effectiveness of introducing silver iodide into a cloud to generate ice-forming nuclei
  • If you could seed cloud with more ice, then you could augment rainfall

√ Source: http://www.deas.albany.edu/deas/bvonn/bvonnegut.html

6.  Today frozen particles of silver iodide, carbon dioxide or salt may be released into the atmosphere to produce rainfall

7.  The United States has performed such cloud seeding to bring rain to drought-stricken areas, to prevent the formation of large hailstones, and to reduce fog around airports
√ Source: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4587413_how-rain-formed.html

8.  China has one of the largest cloud seeding programs in the world

  • Ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China launched rockets with silver iodide over Beijing to induce rain storms which cleared some of the city’s notorious air pollution

√ Source: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4587413_how-rain-formed.html

“He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.”                                                                   – Psalm 135: 7

“When He utters His voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens: “And He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain. He brings the wind out of His treasuries”.”                                                                                                – Jeremiah 10: 13


9.  The Psalmist behind Psalm 135 and the the Prophet Jeremiah (perhaps one in the same) make some interesting connections:

  • Vapors are said to ascend from the earth – and of course we know this is just the case when Evaporation takes place
  • Lightning is associated with the casing of rain – sure enough, we now understand the connection of ice crystals within clouds to lightning and rainfall
  • Lastly, the wind’s movement is also brought into play – and we know that changes in air pressure ultimately are key to Precipitation

10.  The Bible connects lightning and rain in a way unknown to science until experiments of the 1940’s
√ Source: http://www.deas.albany.edu/deas/bvonn/bvonnegut.html