What Lies Beneath A Gigantic Jet Lightning Event?
Taken by Frankie Lucena on January 15, 2019 @ Florida Institute of Technology
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Well, I took the radar images and charge structure data from a Gigantic Jet event that was captured on Sept. 28th, 2010 in Florida and superimposed it on a Gigantic Jet event that the Gemini Observatory/AURA cam captured in Hawaii, just to get an idea.

Levi Boggs of the Florida Institute of Technology helped me with the dimensions and in supplying me with the radar and charge structure images. Here is how he obtained the charge structure for this event.

The charge structure producing gigantic jets is found from a combination of different radar variables, lightning data, and lightning simulations, but information about the charge structure is first obtained from re-analyzing available VHF lightning mapping data at different periods of the storms.

Here is a link to the paper that shows the charge structure data for the Florida event: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-36309-z?fbclid=IwAR0EpjPHcqffdOcPe6ZuqRYF2eCx2fIDSOuaTGS4bWh9Anyu16BiGKvg1XI

Here is what Levi Boggs had to say about this video: Hopefully one day we can get lightning data and video data like this for the same storm.

Hi-res link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e65e2rCgmhU&feature=youtu.be
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very neat, but i think its too inaccurate because the charge goes all the way up to the ionosphere. If it did not, there would be no jet tracing up into the sky! It also does not follow the same physics as a electric discharge because there is no root pattern to the jets like a lightning tracer. I assume the charge of the jet itself is completely different than the principle grounding operation of electricty because of different radiation high in the atmosphere compared to the ground. Less oxygen, thinner atmosphere, earths magnetic field, less conductivity from airborn salts, etc.
Posted by amplelight 2019-01-16 15:40:22
the D-region of the ionosphere that is. 60 miles up.
Posted by amplelight 2019-01-16 15:43:59
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