From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 13:13:06 -0300 Archived: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 13:23:02 -0400 Subject: Red Sprites And Blue Jets A documentary was aired on Discovery Channel in Canada on Sunday. I happened to catch it by accident. The very real phnenomena known as Red Sprites and Blue Jets was the subject of a program called Monster Lightning. For years, pilots observed these phenomenon (the phenomena) but seldom reported them. The reason for this was the short duration of the event-about a 10th of a second. Also, in many instances - the blue jets-the lightning was travelling upward instead of down and the pilots didn't want to be accused of seeing things- like a mirage for instance and therefore being accused of seeing things. Sound familiar? Turns out the pilots were very accurate in their reporting and comparing notes among themselves but it took decades of vague reports by atmospheric scientists, video cameras then controlled studies using high-speed photography from great distances to see what was going on during thunder storms both below and above the clouds. Why should pilots be concerned? Before the evidence was in it was assumed that flying above the weather was safe and there was no fear of lightning; still airliners crashed with the best guess at a cause being a lightning strike. It is now known that the Red Sprites above the cloud still travel downward but these monsters are magnitudes larger in size than the regular lightning seen below the cloud. Imagine a kite and the string that retrains it. The kite is the Red Sprite and the string the regular lightning. Blue Jets are larger than Red Sprites but fire upward to the edge of space in the 80 kilometer range. Multiply that by .6 to get approx. miles. At any rate these were on occassion reported by pilots because they were concerned about safety but they were pooh-pawed, but then decades later were vindicated when science 'discovered' these two new additions to the lightning family. So now these poor reporters of phenomena, pilots, are trepidatious about flying over thunderstorms just the same as they are leery of flying near UAP which they don't report in the classic sense anymore. They do report balloons though. It's safer and still gets the position report out there for the next plane transiting that airspace. Don Ledger Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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