drought breaks and sprites prosper

29 May 2015

The drought in some parts of Texas and the southern Plains has dramatically come to an end with huge thunderstorms and lashing rain last weekend (May 23rd) - see www.spaceweather.com for May 28th. Lightning bolts were prominent - and sprites. These could be seen shooting up from the top of thunder clouds - but they are a space weather phenomenon. They develop at around 80km altitude and grow in both directions, downwards and upwards, as electric forces shoot to the top of the atmosphere.