February 1, 2023
Ascending rays on the border between Kansas and Missouri in the United States

A series of inverted lightning strikes the United States during a storm

The border between Kansas and Missouri (USA) was hit by a severe storm last Tuesday night (3/29). Photographer Taylor Vanfeld on his cell phone during the storm, a Series of different rays Crashed in Kansas City.

Ascending rays on the border between Kansas and Missouri in the United States Photo: Reproduction / Twitter

Taylor announced it “The most bizarre lightning strikes he has ever recorded”.

In a short time. The ones he actually recorded Climbing rays. In this viral event, Lightning starts on the ground and travels towards the cloud. This is different from traditional (downward) lightning, which is seen moving from the cloud to the ground.

Also called Upside down, These rays usually start from the elevation of the surface and propagate towards the clouds. They are also observed in Brazil.

“We found that lightning strikes start upwards from the end of a tower or lightning rod of a tall building, for example, 60 km following a downward lightning strike.”Marcelo Magalheus told FAPESP, a forensic researcher and project coordinator at Infos.

According to the researchers, descending rays are more common than ascending rays, and both have the same intensity. However, climbing rays usually last 40% longer and, fortunately, appear at the ends of towers, so there is no risk of reaching humans.

“We observed that structures larger than 70 m were subject to the formation of upward rays.”Sabah explained.