Ball Lightning

19th century engraving depicting ball lightning
19th century engraving depicting ball lightning

Ball Lightning is a rare form of lightning in the shape of a glowing ball that can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. Typically associated with Thunderstorms, these spheres are thought to consist of ionized gas.

Stories And Sightings

Most reports of ball lightning come from members of the public. In one particularly notable case a woman named Kitty Cox was out walking her dog in Scotland in 1966 when following a lightning strike she witnessed what she described as a ‘luminous orange ball’ drifting towards her. The ball went past her very rapidly and was said to be ‘hissing’ with electrical charge.