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Friday, July 14, 2017

Studies Suggest We Should Expect More Lightning With Warmer Climates

For the past five or so years, one thing we've discussed in 4 Chem/Phys E&M is lightning. It is a naturally curious phenomenon for human beings, and simply really cool from the science perspective! But one aspect of this that most never think about is how lightning is related to climate change and a warming atmosphere. In the video we watch on lightning, it was surmised that the sheer number of lightning strikes should increase with warming - makes sense at first thought since moisture drives cloud and lightning production, and a warmer atmosphere should mean more moisture in the atmosphere. A relatively new study shows evidence for this prediction. If anyone is interested in this sort of thing, there could be some research possibilities! See me.

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