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#1232222 - 16/01/2014 12:48 Dry Lightening
liberator Offline
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Really - Dry Lightening - why does the media do this to us? The Age reported DRY LIGHTENING caused a number of fires. Never heard of it, only ever heard of lightening. Wonder what wet lightening is? I know what they’re trying to convey but it sounds so stupid - as bad as mini tornadoes.

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#1232229 - 16/01/2014 13:08 Re: Dry Lightening [Re: liberator]
FNQ Bunyip Offline
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Well I don't think its anywhere near as bad as the use of "mini" .However I do get your point and dry storm may have been better used. Have you experienced a dry thunder storm ,liberator ? ..

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#1232236 - 16/01/2014 13:29 Re: Dry Lightening [Re: liberator]
JimmyGray Offline
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And what infuriates me even more is the people calling it Lightening... There is no "E" in Lightning.

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#1232245 - 16/01/2014 13:47 Re: Dry Lightening [Re: liberator]
DaveM Offline
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Registered: 21/05/2001
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Loc: Bathurst NSW about 700 m asl
Oh Pilko, it's called lightEning because of the flash of light, you goose smile

Lightning is darker than lightEning. smile

Sad how the poor spelling/grammar etc is so much more prevalent these days.

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#1232248 - 16/01/2014 13:56 Re: Dry Lightening [Re: liberator]
Loren Avis Offline
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Never seen it !!!!
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#1232279 - 16/01/2014 15:14 Re: Dry Lightening [Re: liberator]
MC Thomas Offline
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Registered: 06/12/2004
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Loc: Melbourne
I don't have a problem with this term, maybe this would be more accurate though smile - "lightning associated with convective storms producing little to no precipitation at ground level."

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#1232283 - 16/01/2014 15:20 Re: Dry Lightning [Re: MC Thomas]
liberator Offline
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Registered: 28/11/2010
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Loc: Kyabram
Sorry guys I really don’t like typos myself and am kicking myself for getting that wrong. No excuse. Lightning, very very frightening...ME...

And I did type this up in word first to spell check but of course lightening is right but not for lightning. DUH

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#1232285 - 16/01/2014 15:34 Re: Dry Lightning [Re: liberator]
DaveM Offline
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Loc: Bathurst NSW about 700 m asl
Hey Liberator, just to let you know I certainly wasn't having a shot at you, you just picked up on a report that was already flawed. smile

I was going to comment as a topic myself but was too lazy. smile

I was commenting on it because the original source was an ABC one which in the past was a bastion for correctness, clearly not so now given the number of errors I see in it's reports these days. frown

The point you made was of course quite valid, they really should have called it a dry storm but dry lightning sounds so much grander to them. smile

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#1232301 - 16/01/2014 16:04 Re: Dry Lightning [Re: liberator]
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I have a problem with the term "Dry Lightning"

If ice crystal interaction leads to lightning, it is very likely that precipiatation will reach the ground somewhere.

Weak storms in moderate to highly sheared environments, with rather dry atmospheres would lead to the impression of dry lighning. The rain may be falling several kilometres from the CGs, and sometimes on rare occasions the rain is virga.

While I believe on very rare occasions to have dry lightning, I do not believe it is anywhere near common. Especially not as common as believed.
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#1232323 - 16/01/2014 16:51 Re: Dry Lightning [Re: ozthunder]
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