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The colours of lightning

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Very interesting discussion gang ,I can remember many years ago during a thunder snow event witnessing a greenish pinkish lightning ,probably caused by precipitation being of the frozen kind ,but there must be many reasons why lightning is different colours .

I have read about storms in remote places where its usually dry and not that much pollution around that the lightning is very orangy but the further away from the source a greeny blue .

well lets hope we see some come this friday ,any colour will doo ,cheers . :drinks:

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Very interesting, does the colour of the lightning, if caused by its temperature, effect the sound of the thunder? Sometimes people report out of the ordinarily loud thunder or long thunder or short thunder.... Or no heard thunder at all?

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Very interesting, does the colour of the lightning, if caused by its temperature, effect the sound of the thunder? Sometimes people report out of the ordinarily loud thunder or long thunder or short thunder.... Or no heard thunder at all?

 

Not sure, but it could be very possible.

 

Supposedly, hotter lightning will heat up the air around it to a higher temperature, causing it to expand more violently leading to a larger shockwave and louder thunder. That's my theory.

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Just saw this thread and am admittedly very late to the party. I have witnessed purple, pink, orange, blue, white and green fork lightning before. When you tell people who are not knowledgeable or informed about weather about this they don't believe you! Its nice to see some proof of this at last.

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A week ago I saw and recorded heat orange lightning in Deutschland. It was very rare and beautiful to see. If u want footage of it u can ask me at this page for it. 

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You find gasses, mineral or metal  can influence colour in a lot of ways(some light bulbs have diffident gases, mineral or metal most notable in HIDs ark lamps) even a gas>  light spectrum shift if you viewing throw  such large volumes of gas
if you have a good wind that can get things like minerals or metals in dust form up into the atmosphere along with heavy industry 

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A lot of it seems to be the distance from lightning, and the amount of atmospheric particles between you and the lightning determines the amount of refraction and the differences in colour. I've seen a storm where videos of it right next to or below it indicated blue/white colours, but from a distance of more than 10 miles the lightning appeared orange due to refraction.

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I now live in Dallas, TX, USA and we have almost nothing but pink/purple lightning with our storms. The local meteorologists say it has mostly to do with the high concentration of pollen that blows in from the Rocky Mtns and across the plains and our pollution levels. Growing up in the Tennessee rurals I only ever remember blue. This time of year we get supercells about once every 10-12 days and even as I type this there is a storm approaching off to the west and it is bright pink fork and dark purple sheet.

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I think pink lighting is my favourite.  Not particularly because it's pink but because gives me the impression that the air is dirty, dusty, and ripe for a good storm

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I think lightning is just the same colour everytime - white light, but its just things like dust or mist and other atmospheric conditions that give it the illusion that its a different colour. But never really had chance to look at it for long enough to see what colour it is.

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On ‎19‎/‎04‎/‎2019 at 02:17, 38.5*C said:

I think lightning is just the same colour everytime - white light, but its just things like dust or mist and other atmospheric conditions that give it the illusion that its a different colour. But never really had chance to look at it for long enough to see what colour it is.

The original post mentions that this is the reason. 

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