posted on May, 19 2004 @ 05:00 AM
OK.. originally I was going to put this in one of the threads that discuss ideas that debunk the notion that the objects seen in Mexico were of ET
origin... But then I figured that ball lightning will, undoubtedly, be used again as an explanation for high-profile UFO cases. So... I decided to
start a thread that people can update with new links regarding BL as time goes on. Hopefully this can grow into a quick resource list whenever the BL
theory comes up. heck, since I'm starting with a little opinion... I think it would be great if people just posted ideas regarding the possible
BL-UFO connection in general:
I've been reading over material on Ball lightning for the better part of an evening: The problem, though, is that I find that 'ball lightning' is
ill-defined and used as kind of a 'one piece fits all' explanation for a variety of phenomena. To be frank, even the scientific pages and books
I've consulted say that there is no working definition for it or even accepted theories for how it works. the problem, then, is that some people are
using one unknown phenomenon to explain away another unknown phenomenon.
Right now... it seems like 'ball lightning' is just a skeptic friendly term that is used to 'debunk' any, and all, weird aerial items. The problem
with this is that the term, itself, is so loose that almost anything can be called ball lightning if someone chooses to do so.
This page was my starting point for BL research on the net (I did consult several AMS approved books, though). About half of the links are bad... but
Don't get me wrong:I'm sure that there really is a type of weather disturbance that can be called ball lightning. My problem, though, is that the
term is applied whenever something weird is seen in the sky... and that this 'explanation' can never be debunked in its own right because it has
Anyways, that link goes to over 100 other articles (some discussing ways to make ball lightning in your microwave). As you comb through them...
notice how BL is defined in different ways with different theories. I'll add new links later on today (to make this a real refernce page)... but
right now its 6am and I'm just lucky I don't have work in the morning...