Tom A. Warner

I was born in the United States in 1965. I received a B.S. degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California, Davis in 1988 and a M.S. degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota in 2003. I worked as a research scientist for the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences, Rapid City, South Dakota from 2000 to 2004 where I piloted the armor-plated T-28 Storm Penetrating Aircraft.

Upward Flash

In 2004, I witnessed a spectacular upward flash and have focused my research efforts on upward lightning from tall objects ever since.

I have also been a photographer since 1997 specializing in aerial, weather, lightning and night/low-light still imagery.  In 2007, I began using high-speed digital cameras to capture lightning.  My image and video galleries can be found at my photography site.

This blog is intended for the non-formal sharing of conceptual ideas, research progress and preliminary observations relating to my research and photography.  Formal peer-reviewed research findings will be found in my journal publications.

Back in 2008, I filmed a segment for the Discovery Channel’s Raging Planet series. You can see the segment below.

I would like acknowledge and thank the following individuals for their help in my journey to understand lightning.

Marcelo Saba, Carina Schumann, Richard Orville, Walt Lyons, Mike Bickett, John Helsdon, Andy Detwiler, Paul Krehbiel, Bill Rison, Ron Thomas, Julia Tilles, Alana Ballweber, Ryan Lueck, John Hamilton, Chip Redmond, Dan McKemy, Vlad Mazur, Lothar Ruhnke, Tom Marshall, Maribeth Stolzenburg, Sumedhe Karunarathne, Nadeeka Karunarathne, Matt Bunkers, Ken Cummins, Phil Krider, Leandro Campos, Jeferson Alves,  Jon Meyer, Lisa Phillips, Nick Demetriades, Ron Holle, Scott Rudge, Donna and Charles Kliche, Gerhard Diendorfer, Wolfgang Schulz, Jamiason Carrier, Dave Carpenter, Eric Helgeson, Greg Leyh, Keith Gibson, Dan Robinson, Kelli Oedekoven, Liz and Randy Hamburg, David Miller, Eric Abrahamson and Lois Facer, Jim Hansen, Thomas Montoya, Ali Hussein, Elizabeth and Wilke See-Tho.

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