Observations of the relationship between sprite morphology and in-cloud lightning processes

O.A. van der Velde, A. Mika, S. Soula, C. Haldoupis, Torsten Neubert, U.S. Inan

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During a thunderstorm on 23 July 2003, 15 sprites were captured by a LLTV camera mounted at the observatory on Pic du Midi in the French Pyrenees. Simultaneous observations of cloud-to-ground (CG) and intracloud (IC) lightning activity from two independent lightning detection systems and a broadband ELF/VLF receiver allow a detailed study of the relationship between electrical activity in a thunderstorm and the sprites generated in the mesosphere above. Results suggest that positive CG and IC lightning differ for the two types of sprites most frequently observed, the carrot- and column-shaped sprites. Column sprites occur after a short delay (
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research-atmospheres
Issue numberD15
Pages (from-to)D15203
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes


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