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Posted September 20. 2017 1:10PM

UNH scientist studies how thunderstorm turn into gamma ray emitting nuclear reactions

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“We really don’t understand how thunderstorms make lightning very well,” study author Joseph Dwyer from the University of New Hampshire told Gizmodo. “How it gets started inside the cloud involves how strong the electric fields are. If you get clues to what the electric fields are doing by seeing the gamma rays coming out, that gives you an idea as to what’s going on.”