Is this true?

Discussion in 'Earth Science' started by Xmo1, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. Xmo1 Registered Senior Member

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    Electrical storms are energy from the Sun discharging through Earth's atmosphere to the storms we see - to the ground. Are electrical storms a result of atmospheric conditions? Is the Sun at all a direct contributor to the electrical lightening discharges?
     
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  3. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Yes, the sun is responsible for solar heating of the ground......
    .... which results in heating the air close to the ground.......
    ......which results in convection....
    ...which results in thunderclouds, in which electric charge separation occurs.

    So it is true to say that the energy released in thunderstorms comes from heat energy from the sun.
     
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  5. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Indirectly.
     
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