Saturday, May 26, 2007
Word of the Week: sferics
Le Monde reports thirty departments are on "orange alert" for violent thunderstorms from yesterday until Sunday. Indeed, the observation maps are pretty impressive, and not just today's.
Since I first saw them a few years ago, I've considered the lightning maps from
Wetterstationen, Funkgesteuerte Wetterstation a real treat. But I never thought to wonder what "sferics" is or are. Météo France's glossary (in English, French, German and Spanish) says
Electromagnetic wave resulting from an electric discharge (lightning) in the atmosphere.For example:
The animated radar maps of rainfall across Europe at meteox.com are pretty nice, too.
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