A detailed 3D study of a massive electrical discharge that rose 50 miles into space above an Oklahoma thunderstorm has provided new information about an elusive atmospheric phenomenon known as gigantic jets. The Oklahoma discharge was the most powerful gigantic jet studied so far, carrying 100 times as much electrical charge as a typical thunderstorm lightning bolt.
Atmospheric electrical discharges on Earth are getting weirder and weirder. Some instances have been documented near Taiwan and Puerto Rico around 2002 reaching the ionosphere more than 50 miles high. They have always been photographed from above taken by aircraft, never photographs taken from ground level.