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By: Laura Moss on Sept. 1, 2010, 12:05 p.m.
St. Elmo's fire

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St. Elmo's fire

St. Elmo’s fire is a static electric weather phenomenon that occurs during thunderstorms and streams up tall objects. The fire is named after St. Erasmus of Formiae, the patron saint of sailors, because it often occurs on ships — sailors have reported balls of fire dancing on ships and climbing their ships' masts.