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Does Lightning Have an Impact on Air Pollution?

In 2012, researchers flew a NASA jet plane through electrified anvil storm clouds at 200 meters per second.

The data collected from these clouds confirmed that lighting plays a significant role in cleansing the Earth’s atmosphere.

A recent study suggests that lightning bolts produce air-cleansing chemicals called oxidants. They include chemicals like hydroperoxyl (HO2) and hydroxyl (OH), often called the ‘detergent of the atmosphere‘.

Upon coming in contact with polluting chemicals like methane, oxidants form water-soluble molecules that dissolve in water and dissipate from the air through precipitation.


About 1,800 thunderstorms are occurring around the world at any given moment. 

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