Approximately 100 hexagonal cells (about 3 metres in diameter) of intense coloured lightning appear dotted about the landscape within about 10 kilometres of a central point. They then drift slowly toward other nearest cells, each time combining to form slightly larger cells. This continues over a period of hours until all have coalesced into one huge lightning cell. In a huge lightning strike, the area under the cell is scorched, with buildings or trees in the area typically completely destroyed. Despite the danger involved, the phenomenon is entrancing to behold and when a storm collection begins, dedicated companies send out alerts to potentially interested tourists, who they instantly transport to the location of the storms to observe.

Written by David Harris

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