Gigantic Jet Lightning Erupts From The Top Of Severe Thunderstorm Off Hawaii (Video)

This extremely rare lightning phenomena is known as Gigantic Jet Lightning.

They are more powerful than sprites and are easier to see with the naked eye… If you are fast enough!

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A gigantic jet lightning near Hawaii on July 24 2017. Via Frankie Lucena / SpaceWeather

While starring at the sky, the Gemini Cloudcam at the Mauna Kea Observatory captured something unexpected in Hawaii on the night of July 24, 2017. A gigantic jet erupted from a nearby cloud. The whole thing lasted less than a second.

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Gigantic jets are a rare form of lightning recognized formally only a few years ago. Via Frankie Lucena / SpaceWeather

The gigantic jet appears to start somewhere in a nearby thundercloud and extend upwards towards Earth’s ionosphere.

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The gigantic jet appears to start somewhere in a nearby thundercloud and extend upwards towards Earth’s ionosphere. Via Frankie Lucena / SpaceWeather

Gigantic jets are a rare form of lightning recognized formally only a few years ago. The nature of gigantic jets and their possible association with other types of Transient Luminous Events (TLEs) such as blue jets and red sprites remains an active topic of research.

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This gigantic jet erupted from a nearby cloud on July 24 2017 near Hawaii. Via Frankie Lucena / SpaceWeather

There were also ripples in the sky above the storm that are known as gravity waves, more noticeable in the right hand side of the video. These gravity waves could have been caused by the strong convection present in the thunderstorm. These gravity waves are very near the Ionosphere at about 85-90 Km:

Do you think those rare and mysterious gigantic jet lightnings are linked to weather manipulation?

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