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Tornadoes as Electric Discharge
Because the Earth
is a small charged body moving in a large cell of
plasma, explanations of all physical phenomena in, on,
and near the Earth must take the electrical behavior of
plasma into account. Taking this larger picture into
account will add new insights for understanding details
of everyday phenomena, such as the weather.
not sure how tornadoes form but they do know that they
are often associated with severe electrical storms. The
key to understanding tornadoes is that they are the
result of rapidly rotating electric charge. Just as
electrons are the current carriers in the copper wires
we use for power transmission, so they are in the
tornado. The BIG difference is that the electrons are
moving at many meters per second in the tornado while
they take several hours to move one meter in the copper
wire! The result is that enormously powerful
electromagnetic forces are in control of the tornado.
This effect has been called a "charged sheath vortex."
The shape of the
vortex is strongly constrained to be long and thin with
a circular cross-section. This true shape of the vortex
is usually hidden in tornadoes because of the obscuring
dust and clouds. The vortex itself will only be visible
if it has sufficient electrical energy to ionize atoms
in the atmosphere. That is clearly the case on the Sun.
And some people who have survived the experience of
being "run over" by a tornado have reported an
electrical glow in the inner wall of the tornado.
It is commonly
thought that a tornado is a means for mechanical energy
in the storm to be converted somehow to electrical
power, which is then transmitted very effectively to
ground by the electrical conduit of the charged sheath
vortex inside the tornado. The "somehow" arises only
because nobody visualizes the electrical dimension of
the solar system. Electrical power from space is
partially dissipated in the mechanical energy of the
encircling winds. Instead of generating the electrical
effects, the tornadic winds are driven by the charge
sheath vortex and its connection to the electric
currents of the solar system.