Lightning in a thunderstorm changes the electromagnetic field in a way that sparks upward lightning from tall structures.
“Thundersnow”—thunderstorm activity accompanying a winter storm—was spotted near southern Texas earlier this year.
The increase may be due to climate change, researchers suggest, but the trend hasn’t been observed in other lightning data sets.
New research suggests ocean acidification could make lighting more intense.
Researchers mining data from the National Lightning Detection Network found a 32% decrease in lightning counts in May and June 2020 compared with previous years.
The Lightning Imaging Sensor on the International Space Station provides an expanded view of global lightning that improves scientific understanding of the Earth as well as public safety.
Concurrent detection from space and the ground of blue optical flashes from streamer corona discharges at altitudes between 8.5 and 14 kilometers and radio waves.
For the first time, the connection between energetic in cloud pulse and terrestrial gamma‐ray flashes is confirmed in the Gamma-Ray Observation of Winter Thunderclouds experiment in Japan.
NASA’s Juno spacecraft is “hearing whistles” all over the place on Jupiter, a type of natural plasma waves called whistlers that are sometimes associated with atmospheric lightning.