Lightning is abundant in some places in Earth. Attempts had been made it collect it. Laser triggered lightning below is the closest attempt.
By the time it reaches the ground most of the power is lost in light, sound and heat.
with a net supported by storm worthy balloon that don't pop to collect lightning branches before it becomes lightning or forms a visable bolt in the clouds?
Would enough netting in the clouds collecting electricity prevent lightning?
Would the discharge would be more frequent, voltage lower and the amperage higher?