Size, duration and rate of growth of nocturnal lightning events appearing on space shuttle video tapes
University at Albany, State University of New York, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, 1989 - 418 pages
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MATERIALS AND METHODS
The Maximum Area of an Event versus its Dura
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angle approximately area curve average change average maximum area average value breakdown process bright spot broken curve change in area cloud composite trace curve of flash data points distance DURATION OF FLASH electric field events appearing events of STS-51J events of STS-9 field of view Figure 23A figure shows Flash 84 Flash 9 flashes appearing flashes of STS-9 following peak illumination initial peak interpeak time interval large flashes largest dimension lifetime lightning events limb long dash curve maximum area occurred maximum peak minimum to peak minor axes MSEC nadir number of events number of flashes number of peaks order linear regression peak in area peak time interval plotted rate of growth region respectively return strokes shape category short dash curve shows the fluctuations simultaneous events simultaneous flashes solid curve space shuttle stepped leader STS-51J events STS-51J video STS-8 and STS-41D STS-9 events total duration Vela satellites versus the percent video frame Vonnegut