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Assessment of Unusual Gigantic Jets observed during the Monsoon season: First observations from Indian Subcontinent

Singh, Rajesh and Maurya, Ajeet K. and Chanrion, Olivier and Neubert, Torsten and Cummer, Steven A. and Mlynarczyk, Janusz and Cohen, Morris B. and Siingh, Devendraa and Kumar, Sushil (2017) Assessment of Unusual Gigantic Jets observed during the Monsoon season: First observations from Indian Subcontinent. Scientific Reports-Nature, 7 (16436). NA. ISSN 2045-2322

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    Abstract

    Gigantic Jets are electric discharges from thunderstorm cloud tops to the bottom of ionosphere at ~90 km altitude and electrically connect the troposphere and lower ionosphere. Since their first report in 2002, sporadic observations have been reported from ground and space based observations. Here we report first observations of Gigantic Jets in Indian subcontinent over the Indo-Gangetic plains during the monsoon season. Two storms each produced two jets with characteristics not documented so far. Jets propagated ~37 km up remarkably in ~5 ms with velocity of ~7.4 × 106ms−1 and disappeared within ~40–80 ms, which is faster compared to jets reported earlier. The electromagnetic signatures show that they are of negative polarity, transporting net negative charge of ~17–23 C to the lower ionosphere. One jet had an unusual form observed for the first time, which emerged from the leading edge of a slowly drifting complex convective cloud close to the highest regions at ~17 km altitude. A horizontal displacement of ~10 km developed at ~50 km altitude before connecting to the lower ionosphere. Modeling of these Gigantic jets suggests that Gigantic Jets may bend when initiated at the edge of clouds with misaligned vertical charge distribution.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
    Q Science > QC Physics
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Engineering and Physics
    Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca
    Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2018 12:15
    Last Modified: 20 Feb 2018 12:20
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/10554
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