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The Dragon Storm is a giant thunderstorm located in Saturn's Southern hemisphere, which is labeled as the "storm alley" region. The storm could have a range of 2,000 miles (3,200 km) or more, and can be compared to the electric thunderstorms of Earth. It acquires its energy in the deep layers of Saturn's atmosphere and produces radio waves that reflect during its burst of short static which helped Cassini detect it.

Dragon Storm

The Dragon Storm (named in September 2004 for its unusual shape) is a large, bright and complex convective storm in Saturn's southern hemisphere. It appears to be long-lived and periodically flares up to produce dramatic white cloudy plumes that then subside. This is similar to the extreme conditions on Jupiter at the site of its Great Red Spot, an anticyclonic storm that has been continuously observed since 1830. The Dragon Storm is a strong source of radio emissions, which are interpreted by Cassini scientists as electric events similar to lightning on Earth.[1]

Cassini detected a burst of radio emissions when the Dragon Storm started rising over the horizon during the night time of the planet. The burst came to a stop when it hit the sunlight. During the night time of Saturn, the storm starts; as soon as it hits sunlight, it completely stops. This pattern repeats, seeming to go on and off for a few weeks as Saturn rotates.

A large, bright and complex convective storm that appeared in Saturn's southern hemisphere in mid-September 2004 was the key in solving a long-standing mystery about the ringed planet.Saturn's atmosphere and its rings are shown here in a false color composite made from Cassini images taken in near infrared light through filters that sense different amounts of methane gas. Portions of the atmosphere with a large abundance of methane above the clouds are red, indicating clouds that are deep in the atmosphere. Grey indicates high clouds, and brown indicates clouds at intermediate altitudes. The rings are bright blue because there is no methane gas between the ring particles and the camera. The complex feature with arms and secondary extensions just above and to the right of center is called the Dragon Storm. It lies in a region of the southern hemisphere referred to as "storm alley" by imaging scientists because of the high level of storm activity observed there by Cassini in the last year. The Dragon Storm was a powerful source of radio emissions during July and September of 2004. The radio waves from the storm resemble the short bursts of static generated by lightning on Earth. Cassini detected the bursts only when the storm was rising over the horizon on the night side of the planet as seen from the spacecraft; the bursts stopped when the storm moved into sunlight. This on/off pattern repeated for many Saturn rotations over a period of several weeks, and it was the clock-like repeatability that indicated the storm and the radio bursts are related. Scientists have concluded that the Dragon Storm is a giant thunderstorm whose precipitation generates electricity as it does on Earth. The storm may be deriving its energy from Saturn's deep atmosphere.One mystery is why the radio bursts start while the Dragon Storm is below the horizon on the night side and end when the storm is on the day side, still in full view of the Cassini spacecraft. A possible explanation is that the lightning source lies to the east of the visible cloud, perhaps because it is deeper where the currents are eastward relative to those at cloud top levels. If this were the case, the lightning source would come up over the night side horizon and would sink down below the day side horizon before the visible cloud. This would explain the timing of the visible storm relative to the radio bursts. The Dragon Storm is of great interest for another reason. In examining images taken of Saturn's atmosphere over many months, imaging scientists found that the Dragon Storm arose in the same part of Saturn's atmosphere that had earlier produced large bright convective storms. In other words, the Dragon Storm appears to be a long-lived storm deep in the atmosphere that periodically flares up to produce dramatic bright white plumes which subside over time. One earlier sighting, in July 2004, was also associated with strong radio bursts. And another, observed in March 2004 and captured in a movie created from images of the atmosphere ( and ) spawned three little dark oval storms that broke off from the arms of the main storm. Two of these subsequently merged with each other; the current to the north carried the third one off to the west, and Cassini lost track of it. Small dark storms like these generally get stretched out until they merge with the opposing currents to the north and south. These little storms are the food that sustains the larger atmospheric features, including the larger ovals and the eastward and westward currents. If the little storms come from the giant thunderstorms, then together they form a food chain that harvests the energy of the deep atmosphere and helps maintain the powerful currents.Cassini has many more chances to observe future flare-ups of the Dragon Storm, and others like it over the course of the mission. It is likely that scientists will come to solve the mystery of the radio bursts and observe storm creation and merging in the next 2 or 3 years.The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. The Cassini orbiter and its two onboard cameras were designed, developed and assembled at JPL. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.For more information about the Cassini-Huygens mission visit For images visit the Cassini imaging team home page : NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute + High resolution

In 484 CE, the Knights formed Dragonstorm at Merlin's behest to wipe out the Saxons, winning the battle for Camelot. In the succeeding centuries, Camelot fell into legend and Dragonstorm was misbelieved by many, including Professor Viviane Wembly, as merely the exaggerated story of a catapult.

In the present day, the reawakened Knights formed Dragonstorm to fight Quintessa and the Decepticons.Dragonstorm formed on the hull of the allied Autobot ship and took flight against enemy gun emplacements on the section of Cybertron containing Quintessa's base, the ignition chamber. Along the way, Dragonstorm dropped Optimus Prime to the ground to fight the Infernocons. In the aftermath of their victory, Dragonstorm formed and flew alongside the Autobot ship to their homeworld. The Last Knight

By around 11 a.m., the storm had knocked out power to over 11,600 Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers in the Bay Area, according to the utility. More than 8,000 customers were without electricity on the Peninsula. Burlingame, Daly City, San Bruno and South San Francisco were the hardest hit.

To achieve this kind of detail and beauty is a long and patient process, we model up a full dragon and then carve a lot of it away to end with a skeletal, strong and modern feel. Once the piece is perfected in wax we cast it into Sterling Silver. Then we cut away the casting sprues, refine the metal work, polish and oxidise the metal.

Ahead of the storm, Egyptian Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly said Tuesday he would close all schools across the country until the weather passed. The Egyptian Football Association announced it would postpone its upcoming games, and the country's stock exchange and banks were also shuttered.

In the land of Draconis, there are no dragons. Once, there were. Once, humans and dragons were friends, and created the great city of Rivven together. But then came the Dragon Storm, and the dragons retreated from the world of humans. To the men and women of Draconis, they became legends and myth.

When Erin and her dragon Rockhammer get into a fight with another dragonseer, they're sent away to Stillness. There they discover the Solace Stone, a magical object that creates calm. In the peace of Stillness, Erin almost forgets that she can't summon her dragon Rockhammer. But when mysterious soldiers storm Stillness, destroying her home in the process, Erin must find a way or risk being trapped forever...

Erin is a fine sword fighter, quicker and more skilled than most, but that's not quite enough to make her a confident Dragonseer. Dragonseer's, as the name suggests, are paired with their own dragon with which they then serve to protect the people and land of Draconis. However, Erin still has a problem summoning her dragon, something the other student Dragonseers can do easily, some with just a simple click of their fingers! Erin lacks confidence in her ability and is frightened of the feelings she experiences when trying to summon Rockhammer, her dragon. So when the chancellor of the Dragonseer Guild, Lady Berin, tells Erin she would like her to go to a place outside of the city for help her with her feelings, Erin immediately becomes even more worried. She feels she is being moved on, just like when she was part of the foster care system; when things 'weren't working', she would be moved on. Lady Berin assures Erin this is not the case and Erin, and one of her least favourite fellow Dragonseer trainees, Connor, are sent off out into the world beyond the safety of the Dragoonseer Guild.

The storm first hit the North Bay, triggering flood advisories for parts of Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties. By around 9:30 a.m., the center of the weather pattern was over San Francisco and the East Bay, with the Penisula and South Bay in its sights for the coming hours.

Dragon Storm is a new fantasy series about dragons and mystery for newly independent readers aged 7+. They're beautifully illustrated by Eric Deschamps, with awesome covers by Ben Mantle, and I can't wait to share them with the world! 041b061a72


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