The electric fields in thunderstorms can exceed the breakdown value locally near ice particles present in thunderclouds. But are fields high enough and the regions large enough to initiate a streamer discharge? And where would a sufficient density of free electrons come from to start the discharge in the humid air that rapidly binds electrons in water-clusters?
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THEME Energy (theme 4)
Conference International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases
Citation
A. Dubinova, A, Rutjes, C, Ebert, U. M, Buitink, S, Scholten, O, & Trinh, T.N.G. (2015). Lightning inception from ice particles and extensive air showers. In Proceedings of International Conference on Phenomena in Ionized Gases 2015 (ICPIG 32) (pp. 1–4).