One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Lightning that is visible in the form of a branching line across the sky.
- ‘Sheet lightning is a flash within a cloud; forked lightning is an electrical discharge from a thundercloud to the ground.’
- ‘The forked lightning was incredible and the thunder deafening with no time lag between the two.’
- ‘I was watching the most impressive storm yet, with forked lightning and thunder that shook your heart.’
- ‘The most dramatic is cloud-to-ground, often seen as forked lightning, which accounts for about 20 per cent of discharges and typically transfers tens of coulombs of negative charge from the cloud.’
- ‘The lightning, which was forked lightning, was the worst I've seen.’
- ‘They wake to forked lightning, terrible crashes like accidents happening all around them.’
- ‘Nestled in a deep valley in France's thunder alley, Chablis is as likely to be hit by forked lightning as by warm sun.’
- ‘The week long series involved eight races in conditions from a whisper of a breeze to a thunderstorm with forked lightning, that passed directly over the fleet of 120 boats.’
- ‘The thunder was louder and ‘sharper’ with forked lightning and softer and ‘fuzzier’ with cloud-to-cloud lightning.’
- ‘‘There was thunder and lightning and very heavy rain and as we approached the runway we could see forked lightning,’ she said.’
- ‘Thunder roared, forked lightning crackled and a wall of rain fell from the sky.’
- ‘The shelter of even a tomb was welcome in that pitiless tempest and I was about to enter it when there came a flash of forked lightning that lit up the whole expanse of the heavens.’
- ‘I never write ‘confessional’ poetry but your voice - like forked lightning etching a thunder-dark river - leaves me no choice but to speak directly.’
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