Posts Tagged: Storms

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 »

LIGHTNING IN PARADISE

Planning a vacation in Hawaii? Watch out for lightning! While lightning activity in the Islands are less frequent than in other parts of the US, consider this: “In May 2011, O‘ahu experienced a particularly impressive storm with an estimated forty thousand cloud to ground lightning strikes over a 30 hour period. In March 2012, lightning… Read more »

LIGHTNING STORMS ARE HUGE

Lightning is so rapid that it is hard to recognize how much area a strike can cover. While we usually see one strike a time, the reality is that lightning can occur along the entire front of a thunderstorm. These videos from NASA illustrate this: Massive lightning storm over Northern Alabama. 3D lightning observations over… Read more »