" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

June 1, 2013

Six Degrees of St. Elmo's Fire

I was reading the chapter about Carl Kurlander in the book 
What Should I Do with My Life?.
Carl wrote the screenplay to St.Elmo's Fire, with lots of help from the producer Joel Schumacher, according to Po Bronson.
You can read the whole chapter at this link if you want -
After a Brief Period of Experimentation
Joel Schumacher is the director who made the film 23.



Carl ended up going back to Pittsburgh and making this movie 
in the You Tube below
and founding Steelworks Productions 
(no pun intended ... until now)
My Tale of Two Cities
Carl also writes a blog called
 Six Degrees of Pittsburgh
St. Elmos Fire over Evolution Basin
The above photo is from the
Lisa Dearing Photo Blog
"St. Elmo's fire (also St. Elmo's light) is a weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a coronal discharge from a sharp or pointed object in a strong electric field in the atmosphere (such as those generated by thunderstorms or 
created by a volcanic eruption).
St. Elmo's fire is named after St. Erasmus of Formiae 
(also called St. Elmo, the Italian name for St. Erasmus)
the patron saint of sailors
The phenomenon sometimes appeared on ships at sea during thunderstorms and was regarded by sailors with religious awe for its glowing ball of light, accounting for the name. 
Because it is a sign of electricity in the air and interferes with compass readings, some sailors may have regarded it as an omen of bad luck and stormy weather. 
Other references indicate that sailors may have actually considered St. Elmo's fire as a good omen  
(as in, a sign of the presence of their guardian saint).
Physically, St. Elmo's fire is a bright blue or violet glow, appearing like fire in some circumstances, from tall, sharply pointed structures such as lightning rods, masts, spires and chimneys
and on aircraft wings
St. Elmo's fire can also appear on leaves, grass, and even at the tips of cattle horns. 
Often accompanying the glow is a distinct hissing or buzzing sound. 
It is sometimes confused with ball lightning."
St. Elmo's fire
Dreaming of St Elmo's Fire.
Cutty Sark,
Greenwich, London
Saint Elmo?-)
"St. Elmo's fire is a mixture of gas and plasma, as are flames in general and stars
The electric field around the object in question causes ionization of the air molecules, producing a faint glow easily visible in low-light conditions. 
Roughly 1000 volts per centimeter induces St. Elmo's fire
the number depends greatly on the geometry of the object. 
Sharp points lower the required voltage because electric fields are more concentrated in areas of high curvature, so discharges are more intense at the ends of pointed objects.
Conditions that can generate St.Elmo's fire are present during thunderstorms, when high voltage differentials are present between clouds and the ground underneath. 
Air molecules glow owing to the effects of such voltage, producing St. Elmo's fire.
Nikola Tesla created St. Elmo's Fire in 1899 while testing out a  
Tesla Coil at his laboratory in Colorado Springs
St. Elmo's fire was seen around the coil and was said to have lit up the wings of butterflies with blue halos as they flew around
St Elmo's fire were also seen during the 
1955 Great Plains tornado outbreak in Kansas and Oklahoma (US).

Air France Flight 447

The ill-fated Air France Flight 447 flight from 

Rio de Janeiro-GaleΓ£o (GIG) to
 Paris-Roissy (CDG) in 2009 is understood to have experienced 
St. Elmo's fire 23 minutes prior to crashing into the Atlantic Ocean
The tropical storm system that gave rise to the phenomenon 
was a key factor in the Airbus A330-200's eventual crash
In Lars von Trier's 2011 film Melancholia, the phenomenon is clearly observed in the opening sequence and later in the film as the 
rogue planet Melancholia approaches Earth for an impact event."

Kevin Halcott

Keven Halcott posted this photo on his Facebook page wondering what the strange glow was.

Maybe it is St.Elmo's Fire as well?
7 friends in the movie St. Elmo's Fire?


  1. Fascinating sequence here. Half this stuff I'd never of - like the Elmo's fire associated with Air France's flight 447 flight. Or the 1955 tornado.

  2. @Trish
    " understood to have experienced St. Elmo's fire 23 minutes prior to crashing into the Atlantic Ocean."

    St.Elmo's fire plus the 23 enigma.

  3. You got me again, hadn't heard of the St Elmo's fire weather phenomenon. Thanks for enlightenment!