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  1. #1 Red Sprites, Blue Jets and Elves 
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    A whole new range of phenomena is being observed relating to thunderstorms.

    http://www.albany.edu/faculty/rgk/atm101/sprite.htm

    Does anyone know more about these discharges?


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  3. #2 Some additional info "FWIW" 
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    In the August 1997 (Vol 277 issue 2) Scientific American issue there is additional coverage also -- interesting stuff.


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    Have any of u guys seen one of these TLEs? It is truly an awesome sight indeed. I sent this image to Walter Lyons of FMA research and Otha H. Vaughn of Nasa (Retired) and they were impressed by it. There is a red plume above the blue plume and they are still analyzing it to understand it and to see if Duke University can find an RF signature of this event.
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    This photo was rejected at the weather channel iwitness photo gallery until I explained what this was. I sent it to spaceweather.com and they never used it. The trees did block the cloud but if u look carefully u will see that it shot up from the top of the cloud. I'm still not sure exactly how far it was from me but it might be between 15 to 20 miles.
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    The Fair Weather Current (FWC) leads many of us to believe that a reservoir of excess electrons are stored atop our ionosphere. Electrons do have a little mass, so we must suppose that something holds them up there against Earth's gravity. What else but a column of negatively charged molecules of gas? When a typical bolt of lightning occurs, a host of atmospheric electrons are conveyed to Earth surface. Such events pull the rug out from under an electron-supporting column that had moments before supported a sector of electrons. Such disruption of support would bring about a fall of the negatively charged particles. Would not such a response produce visual effects such as jets and sprites and elves?
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