Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
01 Mar 2021
 | 01 Mar 2021

A brief history of ball lightning observations by scientists and trained professionals

Alexander G. Keul
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Short summary
With countless reports, few physical records, and no theory consensus, ball lightning remains an unsolved problem in atmospheric physics; 41 qualified observation abstracts (1868–2020) from eight countries are presented by a case investigator. Some were related to mountain, power line, aeroplane; two had medical effects. Six influential cases are added. High-quality report data stimulate further fieldwork and theories of the phenomenon. Scientific readers are invited to share unreported events.