Hydrogen in Thunder Storms
Electrolysis is one method of making hydrogen. My
question, is there hydrogen occurring naturally in a thunderstorm.
You are correct in your assumption that hydrogen is produced naturally in
thunderstorms. Lightning flashes ionize both oxygen and nitrogen, and
disassociate water molecules into their component parts. Some of these
ionized particles combine to form ammonia solutions and weak nitrates, which
are washed into the ground with the rain. This is a "natural fertilizer" for
plants that is manufactured as a byproduct of thunderstorms.
Wendell Bechtold, meteorologist
Forecaster, National Weather Service
Weather Forecast Office, St. Louis, MO
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Update: June 2012