Steve Smiths

A previously publicly observed but not officially recognised plasma filament (Birkeland current?) has been tested by the ESA.

These plasma wires are called 'Steve' by the facebook group Alberta Aurora Chasers that photographs and discusses normal Aurora Borealis and also Steves.

steve smiths plasmaA group of aurora enthusiasts have found a new type of light in the night sky and named it Steve ... Testing showed it appeared to be a hot stream of fast-flowing gas in the higher reaches of the atmosphere.

The European Space Agency (ESA) sent electric field instruments to measure it 300km (190 miles) above the surface of the Earth and found the temperature of the air was 3,000C (5,432F) hotter inside the gas stream than outside it. Inside, the 25km-wide ribbon of gas was flowing at 6 km/s (13,000mph), 600 times faster than the air on either side.

Relatively little else is known about the big purple light as yet but it appears it is not an aurora as it does not stem from the interaction of solar particles with the Earth's magnetic field.
Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve | BBC

Plasma Steve Smiths

In the Thunderbolts and Electric Universe would they be called Steve Smith or Stephen Smiths?

The informative Thunderbolts Pictures of The Day, mostly written by Steve but with inspiration from other Thunderbolters, explain and interpret natural phenomena through the EU theory.

Roger Haagmans of the ESA said: It is amazing how a beautiful natural phenomenon, seen by observant citizens, can trigger scientists' curiosity.

It turns out that Steve is actually remarkably common, but we hadn't noticed it before. It's thanks to ground-based observations, satellites, today's explosion of access to data and an army of citizen scientists joining forces to document it.
Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve | BBC

Plasma gods and mythology

Steve Smith Auroras Aurora BorealisWould similar things have been seen by previous cultures and incorporated into their folklore?

In a time of more electromagnetic and foreign body phenomena what would multiple Steve Smiths have looked like? What plasma mythology would they have inspired?