On the Series of +CG Lightning Strokes in Dancing Sprite Events

J. Bór, Z. Zelkó, T. Hegedüs, Z. Jäger, J. Mlynarczyk, M. Popek, H. D. Betz

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In dancing sprite events, sprite entities and groups appear in rapid succession together with a corresponding series of parent lightning strokes. Dancing sprite events, including a case with possible sprite rebrightening, were recorded on video simultaneously from two observation sites above a mesoscale convective system in Central Europe on the night of 6 August 2013. Joint analysis of triangulated locations of sprite elements, position, type, and peak current of lightning strokes from the LINET lightning detection network database and current moment waveforms deduced at the Hylaty station, Poland, showed that subsequent sprite-parent lightning strokes occurred no further than 21 km from the closest preceding sprite entity in the cases analyzed in this study. Additionally, it was found that longer sprite delay times tend to correspond to larger sprite location offsets from the parent +CG stroke. These observations, the occurrence of +CG lightning stroke and sprite sequences, as well as sprite-sprite delay times and displacements can be explained if +CG strokes are part of one extended lightning flash. A corresponding production mechanism based on previous findings on the formation of sprite-producing and general +CG lightning discharges is suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11,030-11,047
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Oct 16 2018


  • dancing sprites
  • electric charge distribution
  • leader propagation
  • lightning
  • thunderstorm
  • triangulation

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  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology

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    Bór, J., Zelkó, Z., Hegedüs, T., Jäger, Z., Mlynarczyk, J., Popek, M., & Betz, H. D. (2018). On the Series of +CG Lightning Strokes in Dancing Sprite Events. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123(19), 11,030-11,047. https://doi.org/10.1029/2017JD028251