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Global Warming = More Lightning Strikes

Sources: LBNL News Center, and Dan Hawkes

For the year 2011, maps of mean (top left) CAPE from the SPARC radiosonde data, (top right) precipitation from the NWS RFC data, (bottom left) product of the top two maps, and (bottom right) CG lightning from the National Lightning Detection Network data.

Romps_seeleyESD’s David Romps recently led a team of climate scientists (including ESD’s Jacob Seeley) in looking at predictions of precipitation and cloud buoyancy in 11 different climate models—the combined effect of which (they concluded) will generate more frequent lightning strikes.

Note that their paper on this subject served as the featured, cover article for the Nov. 14, 2014, issue of Science.

Congratulations, David and Jacob!

To read further, go to:

Citation: Romps, D.M., J.T. Seeley, D. Vollaro, and J. Molinari (2014), Projected increase in lightning strikes in the United States due to global warming. Science, 346 (6211), 851–854; DOI: 10.1126/science.1259100.

Funding Source: BER, SciDAC