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Terminology can have different meanings in different scientific disciplines … which is why I was very excited to read this Vermont Public Radio story about a freak storm in Rutland, Vt., that was partly caused by gravity waves.

Gravity waves?! Cool!

Alas, turns out isn’t the physics world’s gravitational wave we’re talking about, but a badly named phenomenon in which waves of air current move vertically, often due to thunderstorms. The Rutland event was meteorologically interesting because no thunderstorm was involved – but it still wasn’t anything to get LIGO excited.

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