Ask Storm Team 11: Color of lightning

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Monday’s Ask Storm Team 11 question comes from Diane McGuire. She asked: What causes some lightning to be different colors? 

Lightning is white, which is composed of all the colors of the rainbow. It’s usually hard to see much other than a bright white flash in a close lightning strike, but dust and moisture in the atmosphere tend to scatter the light allowing us to sometimes see different colors.  

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