What Do You Know About St. Elmo’s Fire, Not the 1980s Brat Pack Film?

By Karen Harris
St. Elmo's Fire glows blue. (pinterest.com)

In 1985, a movie called St. Elmo’s Fire, starring brat-packers Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, and Judd Nelson, was released. Although the film took its title from the bar that was the characters’ favorite college hangout, it had a number of fans asking, “What is St. Elmo’s fire?” A rare and strange weather phenomenon that produces a fire-like light in the sky, St. Elmo’s fire is both magical and grounded in science. Here is what you didn’t know about St. Elmo’s fire, not the 1980s Brat Pack film.