The Eerie Saint Elmo’s Fire


St Elmo’s Fire on ship 

St. Elmo’s fire, also known as St. Elmo’s light, is a strange weather phenomenon, in which, during thunderstorms a bright blue or violet glowing ball of light; fiery in appearance, is visible, under the low light conditions, from tall; sharply pointed structures such as lightning rods, masts on ships, spires on the top of buildings, especially skyscrapers and seen on church towers, chimneys, and on aircraft wings or aircraft nose cones, and on tall street lamps. The strange fiery phenomenon can also appear on leaves and grass and even at the tips of cattle horns. Often accompanying the glow is a distinct hissing or buzzing sound.

This fascinating burning torch like weather phenomenon is not ball lightning, but often times is mistaken for ball lightning. Ball lightning can float around the air, while St. Elmo’s fire is stationary.

Sailors, experiencing the St. Elmo’s fire on the masts of ship at sea during thunderstorms, have believed the awesome effect to be a good omen. The experience made the hearts of sailors filled with Christian religious admiration; reverence for their patron saint; the sailors believing they were in the presence of their blessed saint. St. Elmo’s fire is named after Saint Erasmus of Formica(also called St. Elmo), one of the two Italian names for St. Erasmus; the other being St. Erasmo, the Christian patron saint of sailors.


Plasma is created inside this globe

St. Elmo’s fire is produced when plasma-a component of stars, extreme temperature flame, and lightning has its electric field altered; ionized by atmospheric activity, around a certain object, especially a protruding, sharp object which can concentrate electrons; producing a corona discharge because there is a significant imbalance in the electric discharge, causing molecules to tear apart.

The thunderstorms release electrons in the air and the ground has a charge difference that creates voltage or electrical pressure in which the electrons move out; away from the protons on atoms. Nitrogen and oxygen in the atmosphere causes St. Elmo’s fire to fluoresce, like the system operating in glowing neon lights. Nitrogen and oxygen produce a blue glow in St. Elmo’s fire. Different gas in the air produce different colors with the St. Elmo’s fire.

The electrons are carried by the air and when the electrons accumulate enough, after being stored in a material electrical conductor object; they break out; pushing themselves into the air and burning in the gases that compose the air.

St. Elmo’s fire can be also produced during a volcanic eruption.


9 Responses

  1. eebest8 says:

    “Greate pieces. Keep writing such kind of info on your page. Im really impressed by it.”

  2. adidas nmd says:

    Very interesting topic, appreciate it for putting up.

  3. Thank you for your article. Want more.

  4. mp3 songs says:

    Wow, great post.Much thanks again. Want more.

  5. ppob btn says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish only about gossips and web and this is really annoying. A good web site with interesting content, that is what I need. Thanks for keeping this web-site, I will be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can not find it.

  6. A person essentially assist to make critically articles I might state. This is the very first time I frequented your web page and so far? I surprised with the research you made to make this particular publish extraordinary. Fantastic job!

  7. I like what you guys are up too. Such intelligent work and reporting! Carry on the superb works guys I¡¦ve incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my site 🙂

  8. An attention-grabbing discussion is value comment. I believe that it’s best to write more on this matter, it won’t be a taboo subject however usually individuals are not sufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

%d bloggers like this: