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Strange Video of Dancing Cloud Explained By Electric Discharge 91

The Bad Astronomer writes "A few months ago I was sent a really weird video showing a cloud snapping around suddenly, far faster than wind could explain. I asked a meteorologist about it, who told me it was due to ice crystals re-aligning when the cloud's electric field discharged. It's pretty amazing to watch, and a great example of how many cool things happen right in front of us that we never notice."
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Strange Video of Dancing Cloud Explained By Electric Discharge

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  • Re:Mythbusters! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by errandum (2014454) on Tuesday October 25, 2011 @01:10PM (#37833168)

    And since they won't be able to do it, the conclusion will be "busted" (even though it is actually possible).

    I love the show, but when they conclude stuff because they can or can't do something it kind of pisses me off :(

  • Reflection (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Tony Isaac (1301187) on Tuesday October 25, 2011 @01:41PM (#37833594) Homepage
    It doesn't look like part of the cloud to me, the brightness and tint isn't quite right. It looks more like a reflection, as if there were glass between the camera and the sky, with something in the foreground reflecting at just the right place to make it look like part of the cloud.

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