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"Generally there's not a lot of lightning in the eye-wall region," he says. "So when people see lightning there, they perk up — they say, okay, something's happening."
Indeed, the electric fields above Emily were among the strongest ever measured by the aircraft’s sensors over any storm. "We observed steady fields in excess of 8 kilovolts per meter," says Blakeslee. "That is huge—comparable to the strongest fields we would expect to find over a large land-based 'mesoscale' thunderstorm."
Space Weather Message Code: WARK04
Serial Number: 1211
Issue Time: 2006 Feb 21 2355 UTC
EXTENDED WARNING: Geomagnetic K-index of 4 expected
Extension to Serial Number: 1210
Valid From: 2006 Feb 21 0711 UTC
Now Valid Until: 2006 Feb 22 1600 UTC
Warning Condition: Persistence
Date-Time: Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 22:19:08 (UTC)
Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)
Magnitude 5.3 2006/02/23 02:22:08 MOZAMBIQUE
Magnitude 5.4 2006/02/23 01:23:42 MOZAMBIQUE