red sprite

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red sprite (plural red sprites)

  1. (astronomy, meteorology) an upper atmospheric optical phenomena associated with thunderstorms, large but weak luminous flashes that appear directly above an active thunderstorm system and are coincident with powerful positive cloud-to-ground lightning strokes
    • 1999, Patricia Barnes-Svarney, Thomas E. Svarney, Skies of fury: weather weirdness around the world[1], Simon and Schuster:
      Red sprites flash high above thunderstorm clouds.

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