Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Peter van Doorn, Director of Ball Lightning Research Division Investigates Recent Anomaly

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SCIENTIFIC INTEREST IN HEMEL STORM BOLT
Hemel Today
12-6-05


A storm bolt which hit a Hemel Hempstead house last month has been described as "an event of great scientific importance."
     An expert, Peter van Doorn, Director of Ball Lightning Research Division, TORRO, UK ,contacted Hemeltoday today to tell us: "With regard to your article: "FREAK STORM BOLT HITS HOME," posted Nov. 30, 2005.

     "As you suggest in the article, this was an exceptional event. It occurred on the same afternoon that a series of violent squalls passed across the country.

     "The fact that a single explosion occurred over the house at Hemel Hempstead, and the unusual nature of the fire - it appears to have been on the surface of the roof rather than within, suggests that this was an event of great scientific importance: an incident of 'Ball Lightning.'

     "This type of event, classified by the BL Research Division as a GLO (Globular Light-emitting Object)Fireball, is commonly the only discharge recorded during a storm - especially when the storm is sudden and of very brief duration. There is strong evidence that such 'freak' storms are actually produced by the GLO itself.

     "On Saturday, 26.11.2005, a GLO Fireball was actually seen to come down during a brief rain shower over Ware, Hertfordshire. It exploded producing a terrifying sound, "as if a bomb had exploded."

     "We would very much like to hear from other residents of Hemel Hempstead who observed something unusual on the afternoon of the 24th."

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