Get Ready for Sprite Season

Posted: March 7, 2020 by oldbrew in Electro-magnetism, solar system dynamics, weather
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Includes a beginner’s guide to the various types of sprite now known to occur.

Spaceweather.com

March 7, 2020: Sprite season is coming. Spring thunderstorms often produce the year’s first big bursts of upward-directed lightning. To get ready, Puerto Rican sprite chaser Frankie Lucena has prepared a chart to identify the different forms, including a newly-discovered type of sprite called “the Ghost.”

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“This chart provides just a glimpse of what can be seen and photographed above very strong thunderstorms,” says Lucena. “I used actual images, enhanced and slightly modified to better show what they actually look like.”

“This is the first chart to show the Ghost and a Negative Sprite event,” he continues. “The Ghost is a green colored shadow that appears above some sprites. The green color is caused by electrons exciting oxygen molecules in the mesosphere, approximately 80 km high. A Negative Sprite is triggered by a -CG lightning discharge as opposed to a regular sprite which is triggered by a +CG lightning discharge.”…

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Comments
  1. Steven Fraser says:

    Hmmm. Are their estimates of the watts released into space via these fields?

  2. Steven Fraser says:

    … and the distribution of the energy over wavelengths? If they can be seen, perhaps there is a fair amount of uv as well.

  3. oldbrew says:

    From NOVA – 53 mins.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Schumann resonances, ~42 mins. in the video:
    “Everyone on Earth with a receiver in the range of 8 cycles per second will detect a sprite event.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schumann_resonances#Transient_luminous_events_research
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    Study on monitoring global warming by using the data of Schumann resonance (2009)

    In this paper we use a long time record of the Schumann resonance (SR) intensity observed in Nakatsugawa, Japan and global lightning activity to study the global temperature change. SR is the electromagnetic resonance phenomenon in the earth-ionosphere waveguide driven by a cumulative effect of the global thunderstorm activity and observed anywhere on the earth round the clock.

    https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2009AGUFMAE43B0267H/abstract
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    Video: “The Schumann resonance fluctuates slightly depending on the temperature of the planet…It’s like taking the EKG of the planet.”

    EKG or ECG — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrocardiography

    NOVA: “The electric Earth has always been with us.”