Thunderstorm Electrification and Raindrop Collisions and Disjection in an Electric Field

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Science  12 Nov 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3698, pp. 888-889
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3698.888


Raindrop collisions in an electric field selectively transfer charges of one sign to the larger disjected drops. The disjected drops, falling away from the smaller drops, separate free charge to establish electric fields as large as those observed in thunderstorms.