Jellyfish Lightning Sprites
- Threat Level: Technically None
It might be odd to see something named “Jellyfish Lightning Sprites,” but they do actually exist. In fact, it is potentially possible that many of us have seen them before without really knowing it. They get their name from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the infamous story by William Shakespeare. Mostly, they are connected to the Sprite known as Puck.
Usually red, they are large-scale electrical discharges that will form high above thunderstorm clouds. Although quite weird to see, they are not really all that rare. They tend to occur when positive lightning gets between a thundercloud and the ground itself. These discharges of lightning will create a red lighting appearance that can be quite beautiful.
Mostly, they form due to irregularities in plasma or the charged particles of gas that happen in the ionosphere. When noticed, they can be among the world’s strangest weather phenomena. However, they are harmless to most people. We would not want to be a plane in the area, however.