exploding sprites

1 Jul 2015

At www.newscientist.com/article/dn27803-slomo-reveals-how-enigmatic-sprites... ... is one of those stories that has popped up at a lot of web sites and blogs - even at WattsUpWithThat. At the link above (and elsewhere) there is a video of a sprite above a thunderstorm, and how the lightning phenomenon appears and then just as quickly disappears. Gary Gilligan has forwarded his view that sprites appear in mythology as flowers. Pronounced activity in the atmosphere gave rise to incessant sprites which he likens to the lotus flowers of Egyptian columns - adorning the very top of the columns just as in nature they adorn the top of the near sky (as viewed from below). An interesting idea. This might do as another forum subject - flowers on architecture and electro-magnetic behaviour.