Terrestrial lightning is frequently accompanied by gamma rays, first as a flash, and then as an afterglow that can last as long as a minute.
This can all be explained in terms of an aether of low energy photons and neutrinos being energized by the rapid motion of ions and electrons.
Electron in an aether of low energy photons and neutrinos
First, an electric current is produced by a strong voltage potential that rips electrons away from their atomic nuclei. Electrons move in one direction and positive ions move in the other direction.
Nearby low energy photons are exited in the process, resulting in the visible flash as well as the initial gamma ray flash.
If the thunderbolt is particularly energetic, we get a situation where gamma rays are ripped apart into electron-positron pairs.
Gamma ray photon ripped apart into an electron-positron pair
This leaves an abundant supply of positrons which in turn explains the gamma ray afterglow. The newly produced positrons find electrons to re-combine into gamma rays.
Electron and positron combine into a gamma ray photon
The production of gamma rays inside terrestrial thunderstorms is exactly what we would expect in a physics in which there is an abundant supply of low energy photons in the aether.
Update 21/7 2019: Some new findings shed additional light on what goes on inside thunderstorms. Most interestingly, gamma-rays appear immediately before the main flash, but after a preceding faint glow. The sequence of events appear to be as follows:
- A current is induced in the atmosphere (dark mode or faint glow)
- This excites the aether, producing electron-positron pairs
- A large number of the electron-positron pairs recombine to form an initial gamma-ray flash
- Remaining electron-positron pairs, constituting a highly conductive plasma, allow for a big discharge, visible as the main flash
- There is a gamma-ray after glow as the remaining positrons recombine with electrons