NEWS AND NOTES THE POWER OF SPRITES lightning stroke tries to produce a nomeno n that is not often ob- Scientist s at the University of sprite in the sense that it produces served from the ground, termed a Housto n have been investigating a similar but weaker electrody- sprit e halo, which is basically a a n atmospheric phenomenon nami c pulse in the mesosphere," sprite precursor. "We discovered called "sprites" in order to further Bering says. tha t seven to ten times as many ou r understanding of the global Previou s research has shown negative cloud-to-ground strokes atmosphere. What they've learned that most sprites are produced by produc e sprite halos as do positive is that sprites could be pumpin g 50 positive cloud-to-ground lightning cloud-to-groun d strokes. That, times mor e energy into couple d with the fact the upper atmosphere tha t every cloud-to- tha n was previously groun d stroke, posi- tive or negative, tries thought . Sprites are large, brief flashes of to produce a sprite or sprit e halo, indicates ligh t that occur very high in the atmosphere that the amoun t of en- ergy being deposited abov e large
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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