“Superbolts” –Extreme Lightning a Thousand Times More Powerful



“We think it could be related to sunspots or cosmic rays, but we’re leaving that as stimulation for future research,” said experimental atmospheric and space physicist Robert Holzworth at the University of Washington about “superbolts” — bolts that release electrical energy of more than 1 million Joules, or a thousand times more energy than the average lightning bolt. “For now, we are showing that this previously unknown pattern exists.”