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Corona discharge is generally undesirable in: * Electric power transmission, where it causes:
o Power loss
o Audible noise
o Electromagnetic interference
o Purple glow
o Ozone production
o Insulation damage
One thing we noticed when we went to the area was all the power lines. We asked retired lineman David Carrico if he had ever seen anything like this. Pointing out one of the lights, he said, "That right there I have seen. I've seen lightning hit a pole and follow. We were working on a pole down just one span down and saw that exact thing. Lightning had hit down here, and a ball of fire just followed the line down through."
Saint Elmo's fire and normal sparks both can appear when high electrical voltage affects a gas. St. Elmo's fire is seen during thunderstorms when the ground below the storm is electrically charged, and there is high voltage in the air between the cloud and the ground. The voltage tears apart the air molecules and the gas begins to glow.
Originally posted by reject
reply to post by Arbitrageur
yeah, looks like your average plasma discharge...from a warp drive ufo