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Radio Signals Help Scientists Trace Lightning-Associated "Sprites"

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March 31, 1999
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American Geophysical Union
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For the first time, engineers and scientists have a reliable estimate of the number of "sprites" spawned by a single thunderstorm. Sprites, the luminous red glows that are the high-altitude companions of some lightning strikes, are the focus of a new study by Steven Reising of the University of Massachusetts and Umran Inan and Timothy Bell of Stanford University in California.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the first time, engineers and scientists have a reliable estimate of the number of "sprites" spawned by a single thunderstorm. Sprites, the luminous red glows that are the high-altitude companions of some lightning strikes, are the focus of a new study by Steven Reising of the University of Massachusetts and Umran Inan and Timothy Bell of Stanford University in California. The team's findings appear in the April 1 issue of Geophysical Research Letters (GRL), published by the American Geophysical Union. The research was funded by NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and the National Science Foundation.


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