Mysterious St. Elmo’s fire ignites blue sparks on finger tips at Lake Monona, Wisconsin


Look at this! These guys are experiencing small blue sparks on their finger tips as well as a static noise at Lake Monona, Wisconsin.

Yes, that’s the rare and mysterious St. Elmo’s fire phenomenon.

The St. Elmo’s fire phenomenon occurs when tiny charges in electricity from an object meet the naturally occurring charges in the air.

If the charges in the air are unusually high, often caused by a nearby storm, the clash can be so great that currents ionize and, when combined with nitrogen and oxygen, produce a blue color.

In this case, a snowstorm close by filled the air with the buzz of electricity.

The phenomenon is usually seen by pilots when streaks of electricity appear on a plane when flying through a thunderstorm.

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