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Quick As A Flash: Researchers Probe Newly Discovered, Extra-Fast Lightning

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December 18, 2000
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National Center For Atmospheric Research (ncar)
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Data from a 1996 Colorado field experiment is illuminating a new class of lightning flashes thousands of times faster than those previously observed. A report from Eric Defer (National Center for Atmospheric Research) will be presented on December 16 at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO--Data from a 1996 Colorado experiment is illuminating a new class of lightning flashes thousands of times faster than those previously observed. NCAR scientist Eric Defer is analyzing data on a set of short-duration intracloud flashes that can play out as quickly as 23 millionths of a second, and perhaps even faster than that. (Intracloud flashes average about a quarter of a second in duration. Cloud-to-ground lightning flashes can last more than a second.) He presented his findings this week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union.


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National Center For Atmospheric Research (ncar). "Quick As A Flash: Researchers Probe Newly Discovered, Extra-Fast Lightning." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 December 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/12/001215170015.htm>.
National Center For Atmospheric Research (ncar). (2000, December 18). Quick As A Flash: Researchers Probe Newly Discovered, Extra-Fast Lightning. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/12/001215170015.htm
National Center For Atmospheric Research (ncar). "Quick As A Flash: Researchers Probe Newly Discovered, Extra-Fast Lightning." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/12/001215170015.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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