Otherwise known as lighting balls, fairy balls or the aliens from outer space. I was telling my boyfriend about my experiance with these things earlier and he said to post it here.
About four years ago I was living in Montana and had gone hiking with some kids I was sitting for when a thunder storm rolled along and I turned the kids around and started them back down the Mountain. Montanas thunderstorms are horrendous and I had no wish to get soaked or hit by lightning. While we were hurrying back down the oldest kid kept looking behind him and I asked him what he was watching, he told me that he was watching the fairy so I looked behind me to see what it actually was. A ball of Lightnig about the size of a softball was floating along about ten feet behind us. We stayed about ten feet from it and after a few minutes it disappated. Later on that day I was indoors with the windows open and another ball of lighting about the size of a tennis ball came bouncing into the house where it started bouncingoff any metal object. The baby was laying next to a metal tray that I used to serve the kids their dinner on and I didn't want her getting fried so I went to pick her up. Before I had even touched her though the Ball of lightning came straight at the tray but hit me instead. Now I've always heard getting hit by lighting hurts like heck but from what I've felt Ball lightning feels like heavy duty Static Electricity a good sharp jolt and your hair stands on end but nothing like getting hit with real lightning.
My boyfriend says that people are still studying Ball Lightning in hopes of figuring out what it is. Hope this helps the Acedemic community.