Posts Tagged: hurricane

Electrical Storm Florence

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There were more than 54,000 lightning strokes within Hurricane Florence in the three days between September 10 and 13, while the storm was still out at sea. If this intensity of lightning activity continued, it would have posed a significant danger to everyone in the path of the storm. Compared to the hazards of high… Read more »

A Year for the Record Books

2017 is breaking records for the number and intensity of Atlantic Hurricanes. This blog has already reported on lightning activity accompanying Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. To keep the record up-to-date, Hurricane Maria — the one that brought devastation to Puerto Rico — was also a ferocious Electrical Storm, as this video shows. To learn more… Read more »

NASA Looks at Hurricane Irma’s Heat Engine

Sep. 06, 2017 — Data from the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite combined with World Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN) shows Hurricane Irma is already creating intense lightning. In this illustration, according to NASA, “each flash is indicated by a yellow sphere plotted at 5 km (3.1 mile) altitude. There is lightning in the ring… Read more »

Hurricane Harvey Spawns Lightning Storms in its Path

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas with “non-stop lightning” in the words of the Washington Post. The lightning added to the storm damage caused by winds and floods by sparking fires and destroying critical equipment and services. This experience reminds us that lightning damage accompanies many hurricanes. In addition to fires and damage to structures, the lightning… Read more »

Hurricane Matthew = Lightning Storm Mathew

Amidst the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew, damage caused by lightning accompanying the Category 4 winds pales in significance. After all, how much can lightning damage buildings that are destroyed by wind and ocean surge? Yet focusing on the destruction caused by wind and water distracts us from the havoc caused by electrical strikes. Consider:… Read more »