sheet lightning


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sheet lightning

[′shēt ¦līt·niŋ]
(geophysics)
A diffuse, but sometimes fairly bright, illumination of those parts of a thundercloud that surround the path of a lightning flash, particularly a cloud discharge or cloud-to-cloud discharge. Also known as luminous cloud.

anvil crawler

Slang for a lightning discharge occurring within the anvil of a thunderstorm. It is characterized by one or more channels that appear to crawl along the underside of the anvil. They typically appear during the weakening or dissipating stage of the parent thunderstorm or during an active mesoscale convective system. Also called sheet lightning.
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The sheet lightning struck a gold chain that Mr Gillespie had around his neck.
Sheet lightning flashed over the Norman keep, thunder exploded overhead and the long dry moat became a moat once more.
Julia Carson, from NIE, said: "There was no fork lightning but the sheet lightning was very severe and damaged a number of electricity poles.
Invented by Dublin-born newspaper reporter Tom Prendeville, the Solar Atmospheric Lightning Generator apparently uses a hidden quality present in sunlight and sheet lightning - the ability to disinfect the air.
The sheet lightning struck a gold chain which Campbell was wearing round his neck.
(You see their reflections as sheet lightning.) But sometimes they flash from one cloud to another or from a cloud into the surrounding air (right).
His further, oft-quoted comment establishes that he developed this image with exquisite care, and gives us specific clues to his meaning that are too often ignored: "1 mean foil in its sense of leaf or tinsel....Shaken goldfoil gives off broad glares like sheet lightning and also, and this is true of nothing else, owing to its zigzag dints and creasings and network of small many cornered facets, a sort of fork lightning too."' He has not left us with explanations for the oozing oil, but we do know that an earlier version of the poem uses the word "pressed" rather than "crushed" (2) both the original choice and the candidate ultimately selected are, once again, instructive.
For example, in "Sheet-Lightning Epopee or Once Again for Thucydides," the narrator is literally guided by flares of sheet lightning in the sky to the literal and mythic wonders of the Pleiades, while "Attempt to Exorcise One Story with Another" finds the narrator watching as the touch of a small blue butterfly releases the screams of children persecuted during World War II, "almost a half century after their deportation, but only now as they should." These images also evoke echoes of history--both natural and anthropocentric--allowing Handke to open a symbolic gateway through which he examines and finds himself implicated with the wisdom and atrocities of the past.
By telling such tales in all their complexity, Gilbert suggests that American culture is created "not by isolated subcultures operating according to their own rules in self-styled obscurity, but by groups and individuals reacting to questions that discharge like sheet lightning across the sky."
PARTS of Teesside were waterlogged today after torrential downpours hit the area along with storms and sheet lightning.