Lightning and Urban Planning

A new scientific study comparing urban areas to non-urban areas finds that “demographic and land-use changes feed back to local atmospheric processes that promote thunderstorm formation and persistence… Results demonstrate positive urban amplification of thunderstorm frequency and intensity for major cities… the degree of urban thunderstorm augmentation corresponds to the geometry of the urban footprint.” View full article here.

Ashley, W.S., Bentley, M.L. & Stallins, J.A. Climatic Change (2012) 113: 481. doi:10.1007/s10584-011-0324-1