In a NASA media release entitled ‘Electric Hurricanes’ it was suggested that because Emily, Rita and Katrina were all exceptionally powerful hurricanes, their sheer violence somehow explains their lightning. But in the same media release, Richard Blakeslee, from the Global Hydrology and Climate Centre, says that this explanation is too simple.
“Other storms have been equally intense and did not produce much lightning,” he says. “There must be something else at work.”
That “something else at work” is the electric Birkeland currents that power the hurricanes, operating in dark current plasma mode, so little or no lightning is observed.
Birkeland currents are really filaments of electric current that from magnetic attraction are free to rotate around each other, but at the same time coming closer together generates a short range repulsive force that insulates them from each other, thereby maintaining their identity and forming a twisting rope that as the filaments get closer, just like a spinning ice skater bringing in her arms, start to spin even faster. Paired Birkelands are really just electric whirlwinds or a plasma vortex.
The movement of hurricanes over the earth’s surface seems much like that observed for sunspots.
Kristian Birkeland showed the gross features of sunspots in his Terrella experiments where electric discharges, from a donut of plasma around the magnetised sphere, move from mid to low latitudes on the sphere as the electric current increased.
The sun’s plasma torus in UV from the SOHO Mission.
The simplest model for the 22 year magnetic sunspot cycle involves modulation of the electrical power input from the galaxy to the solar circuitry which seems to behave like a secondary winding on a transformer responding to varying DC currents to produce a magnetic field which switches polarity.
The earth is linked to the sun by enormous magnetic flux ropes (or Birkeland currents), and from the behaviour of the auroras and sunspot activity it is entirely likely that the earth’s weather might also be an electrical phenomenon linked to the magnetosphere.
We Live in an Electric Universe, Part 1
We Live in an Electric Universe, Part 2