All posts tagged: sprites

Sprites, jets, ELVES and other storm-powered lights

Sprites, jets, ELVES and other storm-powered lights

acronym: A word made by combining some of the starting letter or groups of letters from a number of words. For instance, STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Radar is an acronym for RAdio Detection And Ranging. Even laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. atmosphere: The envelope of gases surrounding Earth, another planet or a moon. atmospheric physics: This field of meteorology is related to climate science. People who work in this field, called atmospheric physicists, use computers and math to model the properties of Earth’s atmosphere that drive weather and climate. atom: The basic unit of a chemical element. Atoms are made up of a dense nucleus that contains positively charged protons and uncharged neutrons. The nucleus is orbited by a cloud of negatively charged electrons. aurora: A light display in the sky caused when incoming energetic particles from the sun collide with gas molecules in a planet’s upper atmosphere. The best known of these is Earth’s aurora borealis, or northern lights. On some …

England relied on vibes and sprites when Cummins went a little Bazball | Ashes 2023

Everyone talks about big first hours. That’s because first hours need all the hype they can get. Nobody needs to sell the last hour of a Test match. And particularly not a Test on this epic, colossal, orchestral scale, a Test that shook you from its very first ball and never stopped shaking. Take the devastating tension of a tight Twenty20, the ebb and grapple of a really good one-day international, and then make it big. Stretch it out over almost a week. Throw in some random weather phenomena, enough booze to fill the Caspian, batters forced to bowl and bowlers forced to bat. Cricket: good. Worth your time. Might just catch on. That was the only firm conclusion we could draw from these five tempestuous, hysterical days in Birmingham. For the victorious, exhausted Australia there will be a temptation to see this as vindication: almost a moral as well as a sporting triumph, proof of the time-honoured virtues of ticker, patience, trust in the process. But that would be to ignore the fact they …