How to Trigger a Bolt of Lightning

To study otherwise unpredictable thunder and lightning, SwRI scientists launch small rockets trailing grounded copper wire into thunderclouds in Florida. The copper wire creates a conductive path for the bolt so the team can focus their instruments and conduct multiple experiments. Credit: UF/FIT ICLRT (0:07)

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