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Caption: Lightning during a thunderstorm. Lightning is an electrical discharge from a cloud to the ground or from cloud to cloud. Build-up of charge is probably due to rapid movement of water droplets and ice particles within the cloud. Electricity flows briefly along a path of highly ionised air molecules. The visible flash is the result of a huge flow of energy returning back up this path to the cloud. Photographed in Finland.

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Keywords: atmospheric, charge, climate, electrical activity, electrical discharge, electrical storm, electricity, finland, flash, flashes, forked, lightning, meteorology, nature, night, silhouetted, storm, storm clouds, storms, stormy, thunderstorm, trees, weather

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