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Published on May 14, 2014
How does lightning travel through the air? New research from the University of Reading suggests that energetic particles from the sun could be part of the answer, adding extra weight to the theory that cosmic rays from space help to trigger lightning strikes. Dr Chris Scott, from the University of Reading's Department of Meteorology, explains how the sun affects our weather, and how these new findings could lead to long-range lightning forecasts to warn people when there's a greater risk from lightning.