cloud flash are the sources of thunder, so that this chap- appendixes were written, it was impossible to foresee ter may deserve to be placed near the back of the book that the spectroscopic research in previous years would after both are discussed. lay the foundation for the NASA lightning satellite It should be noted that in the original 1987 edition measurements of the current decade or that the light- just four lines on page 26 were devoted to reports of ning location techniques would form the foundation lightning propagating upward from the tops of thun- of what is now the National Lightning Detection Net- derclouds. Now there are hundreds of papers concern- work. Furthermore, current interest and progress in ing these transient sprites, blue jets, blue starters, and atmospheric chemistry rests in part on the role that elves that illuminate the atmosphere between 15 and lightning plays in producing, for example, NO . It 90 km. Interested readers can introduce themselves to would have been of interest to add these topics to the this important new research area by reading "Red appendixes. Readers interested in reading more about Sprites, Upward Lightning, and VLF Perturbations," the fundamental spectroscopic measurements of light- by C. J. Rogers in Reviews of Geophysics (1999, 37, ning should consult Uman's earlier edition, Lightning 317-336). (1969, McGraw-Hill. See also Dover, 1984, chapter 5). The appendixes are among the most important parts In summary, The Lightning Discharge is a funda- of the book. They contain material on fundamental mental contribution to science and deserves to be on electromagnetics (appendix A), statistics (appendix B), the bookshelves of every scientist, regardless of their and experimental techniques (appendix C). This lat- research field.—Richard E. Orville ter appendix contains some of the most fundamental material, in my opinion, on the topics of electric and Richard E. Orville is director of the Cooperative magnetic field measurements, photoelectric measure- Institute for Applied Meteorological Studies and dis- ments, Boys and streak-camera measurements, spec- tinguished lecturer, Department of Atmospheric Sci- trometers, thunder measurements, and lightning ences, Texas A&M University, College Station. He has location techniques. Unfortunately, at the time these been conducting lightning-related research since 1957. Arnold Publications, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH, United Kingdom; Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7873 6000; Web site: http://www.arnoldpublishers.com Cambridge University Press, 40 West 20th St., New York, NY 10011-4221; Telephone: 212-924- 3900; Web site: http://us.cambridge.org Dover Publications, Inc., 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501; Telephone: 516-294-7000; Web site: http://www.folds.net/menagerie/dover_press.html Kluwer Academic, 101 Philip Dr., Norwell, MA 02061; Telephone: 617-871-6600; Web site: http://www.wkap.nl Oxford University Press, 198 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016; Telephone: 212-726-6000; Web site: http://www.oup-usa.org WIT Press, Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst, Southampton, S040 7AA, United Kingdom; Telephone: 44 (0) 238 029 3223; Web site: http://www.cmp.co.uk Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 204 3
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