forked lightning


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forked lightning

[¦fȯrkt ′līt·niŋ]
(geophysics)
A common form of lightning, in a cloud-to-ground discharge, which exhibits downward-directed branches from the main lightning channel.
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The dragons spoke with forked lightning, forestalling the resurrection of the phoenix and the restoration of peace.
A spectacular display of forked lightning brings the night sky crackling into life.
Impressive snaps from Thursday's storm which saw torrential rain along with forked lightning, have been coming in thick and fast to the Gazette.
Accompanied by sheet and forked lightning, a heavy storm deposited several inches of water over both the north and center of the city.
It was accompanied by forked lightning that flashed menacingly across the sky for more than an hour.
Forked lightning above Liverpool last night Picture: MARTIN BIRCHALL
The drama began amid a violent thunderstorm which swept Coventry and Warwickshire, with sheet and forked lightning and torrential rain.
The bodies of Taliban and alQaeda soldiers were still lying on the ground and the entire scene was lit by the forked lightning of an electrical storm.
PAT MIDDLEMIS A GREAT STORM AN ugly scene in sky Is not about to pass us by Thunder and lightning will occur The weatherman was quite sure Forked lightning hits the ground With thunder claps all around God's tears came flooding down Causing death and carnage all around The storm rages on into the night Giving us all quite a fright Dawn arrived for all to see The damage to our community At last the sky turns blue Giving hope to me and you.
But you, " He frowned, forked lightning playing around His head, "you are the first of my experiments with the power and, more significantly, the stupidity to end all my other experiments as well.
It was like forked lightning in a summer storm, and just as devastating.