posted on Jul, 1 2003 @ 07:07 PM
Um yeah sure its natural....
Su and his team have named these events "gigantic jets." The jets covered 40 kilometers (25 miles) at their widest point, and are estimated to have
a volume of 30,000 cubic kilometers (about 7,200 cubic miles). "That's equivalent to ten billion Olympic-size swimming pools," said Su. Despite
their scale, each of the jets had come and gone within less than half a second.
This new observation provides compelling evidence that transient luminous events can work against the battery-charging effects of thunderstorms, and
offload some of the charge from the ionosphere, said Su. It's the first time that luminous events spanning the entire distance from the cloud
toparound 16 kilometers (10 miles) upto the ionosphere have been recorded, he said.
In addition, these jets appear to have emitted radio waves that were detected in Japan, and as far away as Antarctica. Radio waves would be produced
if the jets were working against the charging effect of the thunderstorms and discharging the ionosphere, said Su. Though a similar jet reaching 70
kilometers (44 miles) in height was discovered in 2001 by an American group, it did not span the entire distance to the ionosphere and no radio
signals were detected in conjunction with it.