Intra-cloud lightning at night, over Phoenix, USA

Intra-cloud lightning at night, over Phoenix, USA

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Caption: Lightning. Night-time view of intra-cloud lightning. Lightning occurs when a large, electrical charge builds up in a cloud. This is probably due to the rapid movement of water droplets and ice particles within the cloud. Large thunderclouds generally have very turbulent interiors. The charge induces an opposite charge somewhere else within the cloud, and a few "leader electrons" travel to this area. When one makes contact, there is a huge backflow of energy up the path of the electron. This produces a bright flash of light and temperatures of up to 30,000 degrees celsius. Photographed over Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

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