Videos: What is St. Elmos Fire?

Besides an 80’s movie, according to Wikipedia:

St. Elmo’s Fire is an electrical weather phenomenon in which visible plasma is created by a coronal discharge originating from a grounded object in an atmospheric electric field (such as those generated by thunderstorms or thunderstorms created by a volcanic explosion).

St. Elmo’s fire is named after St. Erasmus of Formiae (also called St. Elmo), the patron saint of sailors (who sometimes held its appearance to be auspicious). Alternatively, Peter Gonzalez is said to be the St. Elmo after whom St. Elmo’s fire has its name.

Hit the video below for a glimpse of St. Elmo’s fire lighting up an airplane as it is flying through a bad thunderstorm over Iraq.

If you never knew this was anything but a movie until today, how bout you reminisce to John Parr’s music video for “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” which is one of my personal favorite cheesy 80’s songs.

Or if you are sappier, you can try the “Love Theme”…

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