dry lightning

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sun Jul 8 15:16:22 UTC 2007

>All electricity is equally dry, but according to Rick Reichmuth,
>_Fox & Friends_ weekend meteorologist, "dry lightning" is the kind
>that starts a wildfire by striking dry leaves. I don't have the
>precise quote, but it sounds as though it's a recognized term.

It seems that "dry lightning" = "lightning without [significant]
concurrent precipitation", which is reasonable IMHO. It is expected,
I think, to be more dangerous fire-wise [than "wet" lightning] since
there's no rain to slow or extinguish the fire.

-- Doug Wilson

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