On the Series of +CG Lightning Strokes in Dancing Sprite Events

Bór, József and Zelkó, Z. and Hegedüs, T. and Jäger, Zoltán and Mlynarczyk, J. and Popek, M. and Betz, H. D. (2018) On the Series of +CG Lightning Strokes in Dancing Sprite Events. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH: ATMOSPHERES. ISSN 2169-897X (Submitted)


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In dancing sprite events, sprite entities and groups appear in rapid succession together with a corresponding series of parent lightning strokes. Dancing sprite events, including a case with possible sprite rebrightening, were recorded on video simultaneously from two observation sites above a mesoscale convective system in Central Europe on the night of 6 August 2013. Joint analysis of triangulated locations of sprite elements, position, type, and peak current of lightning strokes from the LINET lightning detection network database and current moment waveforms deduced at the Hylaty station, Poland, showed that subsequent sprite‐parent lightning strokes occurred no further than 21 km from the closest preceding sprite entity in the cases analyzed in this study. Additionally, it was found that longer sprite delay times tend to correspond to larger sprite location offsets from the parent +CG stroke. These observations, the occurrence of +CG lightning stroke and sprite sequences, as well as sprite‐sprite delay times and displacements can be explained if +CG strokes are part of one extended lightning flash. A corresponding production mechanism based on previous findings on the formation of sprite‐producing and general +CG lightning discharges is suggested.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok > QE01 Geophysics / geofizika
Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok > QE04 Meteorology / meteorológia
Depositing User: Árpád Magyar
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 11:56
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2023 07:50

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