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Characteristics of cloud-to-ground and intracloud lightning in Beijing metropolitan region
Due to the technological limitations of detecting IC lightning, previous statistical analyses of lightning characteristics usually use only the CG lightning data, though the IC lightning generally occurs more frequently than CG lightning. With the rapid development of lightning detection systems of both CG and IC lightning in recent years, statistic studies on both CG and IC lightning have been carried out. (2016-11-10)

Florida Tech scientist sees lightning like Superman
Florida Tech physicist Joseph Dwyer would be the first to admit that he's more Clark Kent than Superman. But the National Science Foundation CAREER award-winner is leading a group of scientists who are studying lightning using X-Ray detectors. In so doing, they've learned how lightning might look to the Man of Steel. More importantly, they've learned that lightning is much more complex than once thought. (2004-04-08)

Lightning Likes Land
NASA's lightning sensor confirms lightning strike pattern in images taken from space. (1998-05-19)

Lightening data have more use than previously thought
The lightning data can serve as an indicator for hazardous weather phenomena and improve short-term forecasting, (2020-07-09)

Lightning storms less likely in a warming planet, study suggests
Lightning storms may become less frequent in future as the world warms. (2018-02-12)

Project investigates lightning's impact on climate change
A three-year, $300,000 research project at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will help scientists better understand the impact of lightning on global climate change. (2004-09-22)

Hydrocarbon storage, fracking and lightning risk
Fires caused by lightning strikes on hydrocarbon storage plants are a century-old, yet to be addressed, problem, according to research to be published in the International Journal of Forensic Engineering. In the era of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, this is becoming an even more poignant issue for the fossil fuel industry. (2016-03-14)

Thunderstorm research shocks conventional theories
If Joseph Dwyer, Florida Tech associate professor of physics, is right, then a lot of what we thought we knew about thunderstorms and lightning is probably wrong. In the latest issue of Geophysical Research Letters, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award winner caps two years of lightning research with a startling conclusion: The conditions inside thunderstorms that were long thought necessary to produce lightning actually do not exist in nature. (2003-11-05)

NASA's Firestation on way to the International Space Station
An experiment to study the effects of lightning flashes on Earth's atmosphere hitched a ride to the International Space Station on Aug. 3, 2013. The Firestation experiment launched aboard a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's transfer vehicle called Kounotori-4. Firestation will be installed robotically to the outside of the space station, a process that will take about three weeks. (2013-08-05)

NASA helps highlight lightning safety awareness week
Summertime arrives officially today in the northern hemisphere, and with it comes thunderstorms. As a result, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration named the week of June 19-25 National Lightning Safety Awareness Week. (2005-06-21)

Expalination for ball lightning
Australian scientists have unveiled a new theory which explains the mysterious phenomenon known as ball lightning. (2012-10-18)

New way found of monitoring volcanic ash cloud
The eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull in April this year resulted in a giant ash cloud, which -- at one point covering most of Europe -- brought international aviation to a temporary standstill, resulting in travel chaos for tens of thousands. New research, to be published today, Dec. 10, in IOP Publishing's Environmental Research Letters, shows that lightning could be used as part of an integrated approach to estimate volcanic plume properties. (2010-12-10)

Don't use mobile phone during storms, warn doctors
Three doctors in this week's BMJ warn of the risk of using mobile phones outdoors during stormy weather. (2006-06-22)

NASA global lightning maps highlight Lightning Safety Week
The arrival of summer brings increased chances of thunderstorms and dangerous lightning. NASA marked National Lightning Safety Awareness Week by highlighting the unique contributions agency lightning research makes to climate studies, severe storm detection and prediction. (2003-07-03)

Research ties lightning to onset of headache, migraines
University of Cincinnati researchers have found that lightning may affect the onset of headaches and migraines. (2013-01-24)

Three bolts from the blue
Does lightning affect the ozone layer? What causes (1999-06-08)

NASA finds intense lightning activity around a hurricane's eye
In 2005, Hurricane Emily, a very strong hurricane had some of the most lightning activity ever seen in a hurricane. Scientists are now trying to determine if the frequency of lightning is connected to the hurricane's strength. (2006-06-23)

Study shows lightning adds to ozone level
Lightning may be Mother Nature's greatest show on Earth, but scientists now know it can produce significant amounts of ozone and other gases that affect air chemistry.It can be responsible for as much as 90 percent of the nitrogen oxides in the summer and at the same time increase ozone levels as much as 30 percent in the free troposphere, the area that extends 3-8 miles above the Earth's surface. (2003-03-19)

Living under the lightning bolts
By the time you've read this sentence, lightning will strike about 100 times around the world. A single bolt has one trillion watts of electricity with temperatures up to 27,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightning is one of the most powerful forces in nature. Understanding it takes dedicated, intensive study. Live satellite interviews are available with an expert. (1999-06-04)

Study provides a new method to measure the energy of a lightning strike
By investigating 'fossilized' sand cylinders made by lightning strikes, sometimes thousands of years old, a University of South Florida geology professor's study provides a unique history of lightning and a new method to measure the energy contained in a single strike. (2016-08-03)

Mysterious ball lightning: Illusion or reality?
Ball lightnings are circular light phenomena occurring during thunderstorms and there are a large class of reports by eyewitnesses having experienced such events. Scientists have been puzzled by the nature of these apparent fire balls for a long time. Now, physicists at the University of Innsbruck have calculated that the magnetic field of long lightning strokes may produce the image of luminous shapes, also known as phosphenes, in the brain. This finding may offer an explanation for many ball lightning observations. (2010-05-18)

Scientists use high-energy particles from space to probe thunderstorms
Three scientists, Joseph Dwyer and Hamid Rassoul from Florida Tech and Martin Uman from the University of Florida, recently published a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research titled, (2009-06-01)

Lightning research sparks $420,000 grant
What Dwyer and his team are studying in the lab is the poorly understood phenomenon of runaway breakdown, which is shown to be associated with lightning. To date, the only mechanism that can account for the creation of the high-energy electrons that make X-rays is the runaway breakdown of air. (2006-10-26)

A space station view on giant lightning
Do giant flashes of lightning striking upwards from thunder clouds merely pose an extraordinarily spectacular view? Or do they actually alter the chemical composition of the atmosphere, playing a role in ozone depletion and the climate on Earth? This is the key question that may be answered by specially designed cameras, which ESA proposes to place on board the International Space Station. (2005-10-03)

Lightning strikes more than 100 million times per year in the tropics
Tropical storms often begin with an impressive display of pyrotechnics, but researchers have largely overlooked the role of lightning strikes in tropical ecosystems. (2020-07-23)

Flashy first images arrive from NOAA's GOES-16 lightning mapper
Detecting and predicting lightning just got a lot easier. The first images from a new instrument onboard NOAA's GOES-16 satellite are giving NOAA National Weather Service forecasters richer information about lightning that will help them alert the public to dangerous weather. (2017-03-06)

Scientists Report Rainfall Measuring Mission, Including Marshall-Managed Lightning Sensor, Exceeding Expectations
Weather and climate researchers are gaining unprecedented insights into rainfall-producing cloud systems over the tropical land masses and oceans from instruments flying aboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission -- a joint NASA and Japanese Space Agency spacecraft. Initial information received from the rainfall-measuring observatory is exceeding expectations for accuracy and resolution, scientists say. (1998-05-19)

New insights into the 1-in-a-million lightning called 'ball lightning'
One of the rare scientific reports on the rarest form of lightning -- ball lightning -- describes better ways of producing this mysterious phenomenon under the modern laboratory conditions needed to explain it. The new study on a phenomenon that puzzled and perplexed the likes of Aristotle 2,300 years ago and Nikola Tesla a century ago appears in ACS' The Journal of Physical Chemistry A. (2013-08-07)

Scientists locate parent lightning strokes of sprites
A research team from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported the location results for the parent lightning strokes of more than 30 red sprites observed over an asymmetric mesoscale convective system (MCS) on July 30, 2015 in Shandong Province, China. This is probably the most productive sprite-producing thunderstorm system ever reported in China. (2018-09-17)

Lightning follows the Sun
Tantalizing findings show patterns of lightning vary with the Sun, El Niño, and other phenomena. Such correlations could provide a way to monitor global changes. (1999-06-10)

High above the storm clouds, lightning powers gamma-ray flashes and ultraviolet 'elves'
Using instruments onboard the International Space Station, researchers have observed millisecond pulses of gamma-rays produced by thunderstorms, clarifying the process by which these flashes are made, and discovering that they can produce an ultraviolet emission known as an 'Elve.' (2019-12-10)

Using AI to predict where and when lightning will strike
Researchers at EPFL have developed a novel way of predicting lightning strikes to the nearest 10 to 30 minutes and within a radius of 30 kilometers. The system uses a combination of standard data from weather stations and artificial intelligence. (2019-11-08)

Uncovering the mechanisms of lightning varieties
The mechanism behind different types of lightning may now be understood, thanks to a combination of direct observation and computer modeling reported by a team of researchers from New Mexico Tech and Penn State. (2008-03-28)

NASA research helps highlight lightning safety awareness week
NASA will mark National Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 20-26, through unique contributions its lightning research makes to climate studies, and severe storm detection and prediction. NASA research is striving to improve our understanding of lightning and its role in weather and climate. (2004-06-21)

NASA lightning research highlights safety awareness week
Lightning is four times hotter than the sun. That statement usually gets people's attention. It is also a good reason to be aware of the dangers of lightning, especially as the northern hemisphere is entering summertime. June 18-24 is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week. (2006-06-21)

Though rare, victims of lightning strike may suffer
As if being struck by lightning wasn't hard enough on a person, in rare cases, ongoing complications of the nervous system result in involuntary movement disorders. Among lightning-strike victims, researchers have discovered involuntary movement symptoms including uncontrollable blinking and forcible closure of eyelids, tic-like movements resembling Tourette's syndrome, guttural vocalizations, hand tremors, and spasms of major muscle groups. (2002-04-16)

New Study Indicates Lightning Can Kill Without Leaving a Mark
New findings by a group of Colorado researchers indicates lightning could be the culprit in a number of unexplained fatal heart malfunctions in the outdoors in recent years, including some in the state's high mountains. (1998-06-25)

Scientists close in on source of X-rays in lightning
University of Florida and Florida Institute of Technology engineering researchers have narrowed the search for the source of X-rays emitted by lightning, a feat that could one day help predict where lightning will strike. (2008-07-15)

WMS issues important new practice guidelines for prevention and treatment of lightning injuries
About 24,000 people are killed by lightning every year, with about 10 times as many people injured. The Wilderness Medical Society has issued important new practice guidelines for precautions that can lower the likelihood of being killed or injured and recommendations for effective medical treatments post-strike. These guidelines appear in the September issue of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine. (2012-08-27)

Lightning Imaging Sensor Launched
Folklore has it that rain follows lightning. Scientists think there might be more than a little truth to that saying. Soon, a new spaceborne instrument - the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) - will help us understand more about the role of lightning in weather and climate. (1997-12-01)

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