Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Study: Fewer But More Violent Thunderstorms

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered that for every one degree Celsius of global warming, there will be about a 10 percent increase in lightning activity.

Scientist Colin Price ran computer models and looked at examples of weather patterns such as El Nino and La Nina to see how changing temperatures can effect storms. The computer mimics real-life weather conditions and allows researchers to input changes such as increasing carbon dioxide levels.

"During El Nino years, there are fewer thunderstorms," Price told Zee News. "But we found 50 percent more lightning activity."

The study's author said that the violent electrical storms will have greater consequences such as flash floods, wildfires and damage to power lines and infrastructure.

The study was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research— Atmospheres and is being presented at the International Conference on Lightning Protection.

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