STATES CHRONICLE – Last weekend, Hurricane Matthew hit Colombia. During the storm, amazing lights were seizing the night sky. In Puerto Rico this terrible but beautiful disaster was caught on camera. The lighting had stroke like fireworks, making scientists wonder. Locals call these dancing lights “sprites.” The American Meteorological Society argued that these lightnings amplified Hurricane Matthew, releasing rays of energy above a cloud.
The sprites were situated near Frankie Lucena’s house, a sky watcher. Hurricane Matthew stroke at about four hundred miles of Lucena’s home in Cabo Rojo. He asserted that some of these lights were registered to strike Aruba, others being part of a storm cell happening in the North of Colombia.
Scientists claim that lightning sprites may look like Aurora Borealis which appears in the northern hemisphere, in Canada and Alaska. The first photo of this “cloud to stratospheric lightning” was captured in July 1989 by a pilot. This event is exceedingly rare, being seen as a myth until proofs appeared.
These lights are red most of the times, usually striking as fast as lightning. It takes just a few lucky milliseconds for watchers to photograph or tape the sprites. The dancing lights are not directly hitting the cloud. According to New Mexico Tech, these powerful lights have been noticed only in the night sky because of their low brightness. The scientific explanation is that sprites are determined by electrical outbreaks that make contact with the barrier of our atmosphere, at about fifty miles above our planet’s surface. NASA’s specialists have captured this “upward lighting” from outer space.
Leaving aside the beautiful lights that covered the sky, the seriousness of the hurricane affected some cities. The last weekend’s storm was ranked to Category 5. The sprites form only during powerful storms, like the one created by Hurricane Matthew. They produce when a high load of electricity circulates the clouds.
Experts are questioning how these sprites can impact the weather and what causes their aspect. Although they are triggered by some issues, researchers found out that pollution and haze can block the dancing lights to appear.
Would you have the courage to gaze at this beautiful yet dangerous lights?
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