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why is it that this so-called lightning seemingly origniates from the middle of nowhere?
the corkscrew's shape is probably superficially reminiscent of an electric arc, but looks a bit too repetitive for my taste
if you view lightning as an act of charge balancing, frequency is not really the issue, is it? the location of the charge is, that's what i was trying to get at.
lightning emits radiation over a wide spectrum, sure, but i'd like to establish how it supposedly started, first. unless it's a combination of viewing angle, unknown camera settings and other adverse circumstances, i cannot locate the origin (the other pole i mean) of the blast. can you? furthermore the alledged arc looks suspiciously faint and last but not least lightning at high altitudes looks a bit different than what we're used to seeing on the ground.
what i meant by 'repetitive' was the undulating pattern of the corkscrew, but that doesn't prove anything, of course.
I was wondering how you thought electricity worked? (i.e. frequency and modulation) Thanks.
The downtrack resolution of the MOLA instrument is dependent on the "spot" size of the laser shot and the shot frequency. The down rack resolution is said to be about 150 meters. Yet the channel is no wider than 50 meters at the point it appears deepest. It is below the resolution of the MOLA instrument, yet it is clearly visible!