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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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