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March-April 2018

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How the Tiger Elve Got Its Stripes

How did the tiger elve get its stripes? It's simple, really: a massive and impulsive CG emits an intense burst of EMP, detectable worldwide at ELF radio frequencies, resulting in a large glowing elve TLE on the mesopause some 56 miles above the earth's surface, which exhibits striations resulting from upward propagating CGGWs from large MCS storms. If the preceding sounds like technobabble to you, you aren't alone. But I invite you to join me on a fascinating journey of discovery about these strange lights in the night sky called tiger elves. Along the way, I will explain new terms and vocabulary probably unfamiliar to even the more ardent of weather enthusiasts. We will start our story in the aptly named ignorosphere.


WALTER LYONS, Certified Consulting Meteorologist, is a past president of the American Meteorological Society. His career path has included establishing lightning detection networks and investigating sprites, elves, halos, and gigantic jets high above thunderstorms. He is president of the educational website, www.WeatherVideoHD.TV.

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