New to the forums. Hoping to find a thread, forum, website dedicated to the discussion of/gathering of anecdotal reports of ball lightning.
I have never seen a ball lightning, but I have heard about the phenomenon. And I have got a story about it which I will share, for what it's worth .I've seen ball lightning at least once and maybe twice.
My father, who is a down to earth, no-nonsense guy, have told me that he has witnessed the phenomenon. I estimate it happened about 35 years ago.
Since I am very interested in science and physics, I have interrogated him about the observation , e.g. when and where it happened, what it looked like, how large it was, how it moved and if other observations were made. And here is the brief report:
When: About 35 years ago, during a period of thunderstorms. I don't remember the time of day, but he told me he observed it for several minutes.
Where: South Sweden.
Size: About 1 meter in diameter.
Appearance: Spherical, but not a perfectly smooth surface.
Color: Yellowish/Greenish (If I remember correctly).
Movement: It moved very slowly.
Other observations: He says there was a foul smell in the air too, a bit like sulphur.
Now, this is only an anecdote and not evidence of the physical existence of the phenomenon. With regards to ball lightning, I'm open-minded and don't rule it out, but I remain skeptical until there is firm evidence of the actual phenomenon, like at least a number of credible photos/videos and, preferably, if the phenomenon could be artificially replicated in experiments.
Edit: We have had thunderstorms here recently, so I will be keeping my camera close and my eyes open .