cloud discharge

cloud discharge

[′klau̇d ′dis‚chärj]
(geophysics)
A lightning discharge occurring between a positive charge center and a negative charge center, both of which lie in the same cloud. Also known as cloud flash; intracloud discharge.
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From (9), at [l.sub.k] [approximately equal to] ([H.sub.0] - [R.sub.0]) = 2015 m and [r.sub.k] [approximately equal to] 11 x [10.sup.-3] m [12] it follows that in our case the concentrated inductance [L.sub.k] of the thunderstorm cloud discharge channel on the earth will take a value numerically equal to about 4.76 mH.
The latter can be divided into two major classifications: cloud-to-ground discharges that have at least one channel connecting the cloud to the ground, and cloud discharges that have no channels to ground.