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While I know this isn't entirely a meteorological question I figured you would be the most able one to help. While I know St. Elmo's Fire is caused by plasmic discharges off of some sort of conductor, what are the circumstances under which this phenomena occurs? All the other text I can find focuses mainly on the speculations of 19 century scientist.

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Hi Nathan

Take a look at:

http://sp.rpcs.org/faculty/James-PalmerE/Electricity%20and%20Magnetism/Notes%20a

http://ece-distance.alaska.edu/arts_sciences/naturalsciences/envs/faculty_staff/

http://www.lightningsafety.com/nlsi_lhm/magic.pdf

http://tinyurl.com/lmsmhnv  

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