Take control of your data. Use up and down arrows to change selection. The dazzling light show accompanied severe thunderstorms that brought hail and heavy downpours of rain with winds moving 40 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Monster Sinkhole in Florida Swallows Pool, Forces Families to Flee, Cold or Flu? We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Though usually associated with thunderstorms, the phenomenon is said to last considerably longer than the split-second flash of a lightning bolt. Chicago, IL USA - Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 08:44:15 (PDT) As a child growing up in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania (a small town west of Philadelphia) Our area was always getting hit by lightning. Democratic Republic of the Congo | Français, State of Vatican City (Holy See) | Italiano. Because of the difficulty in capturing ball lightning, scientists don’t know much about it. The lighting may be beautiful, but it's also dangerous. They used electrodes partially submerged in electrolyte solution to create the high-power electric sparks. Mother nature's power and beauty were on full display in Chicago Monday night when lightning lit up the city's skyline. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. It’s rare and unpredictable, which is why researchers don’t know much about it. The comments below have not been moderated. In a report published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry, researchers at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado last  year figured out how to reproduce ball lightning in the lab. Freelance videographer Craig Shimala set up a GoPro at Skydeck Chicago to shoot video of the dynamic flashes as they danced frantically across the heavens throughout the evening Monday. The buildings struck by lightning were reportedly taller than 1,000 feet. How Winter Fashion Has Changed in 100 Years (PHOTOS), Eerie Vintage Photos of People Battling the Flu. All the buildings struck by lightning were reportedly taller than 1,000 feet, Bolts from Monday's storms sparked at least one house fire in the 3500 block of South Park Avenue in Chicago. Which City Is the Worst for Fall Allergies This Year? The electric bursts reportedly struck four of the city's tallest buildings. In layman’s terms, ball lightning is a big flash of light that looks circular that appears in the sky during a storm. We recognize our responsibility to use data and technology for good. Upward strikes typically occur after positive charges from a cloud to ground strike leave an imbalance of positive energy on a building or tower, which shoots a bolt into the sky to meet and balance out a mirroring negative charge. 9 Ways to Tell the Difference. Bolts from Monday's storms sparked at least one house fire in the 3500 block of South Park Avenue in Chicago, although no one was injured, according to NBC Chicago. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. A popular theory is when lightning hits something, it blasts a cloud of highly energized nanoparticles in to the air. Trees, always. Support WHO’s work to track the spread; to ensure patients get care and frontline workers get supplies; and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments. It sometimes has a blue glow and can emanate from objects like lightning rods or ship masts. The phenomenon usually involves tall man-made structure, like skyscrapers, and follows the more common cloud-to-ground lightning strikes. A rare weather phenomenon known as ball lightning, or St. Elmo’s Fire, has been observed in nature for the first time by Chinese scientists. MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Amazing Lightning Photos. Craig Shimala on Twitter: "Basically captured the entire skyline of Chicago getting struck by lighting at the same time tonight! 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It’s rare and unpredictable, which is why researchers don’t know much about it. Credit: dhwicker, Arkansas Will Pay $10,000 If You Move There.