cloud-to-ground discharge

cloud-to-ground discharge

[¦klau̇d tə ¦grau̇nd ′dis‚chärj]
(geophysics)
A lightning discharge occurring between a charge center (usually negative) in the cloud and a center of opposite charge at the ground. Also known as ground discharge.
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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.