Over the years there have been people who have believed that LENR phenomena are related to ball lightning. This seems especially true in Russia where they hold a regular “Cold Nuclear Transmutation of Chemical Elements and Ball Lightning Conference” that deals with LENR topics.
Today there was a question on the topic on the Journal of Nuclear of Physics:
January 18, 2020 at 11:46 PM
Dear Dr Andrea Rossi,
Can the plasma seen in
and described in
be someway comparable to the so called “ball lightnings”?
Thank you if you can answer,
Andrea Rossi replied:
January 19, 2020 at 3:33 AM
I’d say possibly yes. Ball lightning is a model I looked to when I had the initial idea.
As far as mainstream science is concerned, ball lighting seems to fall into the realm of unexplained phenomena. It occurs naturally only very rarely and is therefore difficult to study experimentally. An overview of the topic on Wikipedia is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_lightning
Quote: “Ball lightning is an unexplained and potentially dangerous atmospheric electrical phenomenon. The term refers to reports of luminescent, spherical objects that vary from pea-sized to several meters in diameter. Though usually associated with thunderstorms, the phenomenon lasts considerably longer than the split-second flash of a lightning bolt. Two reports from the nineteenth century say that the ball eventually explodes, leaving behind an odor of sulfur. The actual existence of the ball lightning phenomena is not proven, but they appear in a variety of accounts over the centuries. Until the 1960s, most scientists treated reports of ball lightning skeptically, despite numerous accounts from around the world”