Climate change could also alter lightning


Lightning is spectacular phenomena, but if you are one of those who enjoys seeing the sky suddenly light up during a storm ... take advantage, by the end of the century, its amount could decrease by up to 15%.

This is what reveals a study carried out by researchers from Edinburgh, Leeds and Lancaster (England) that has been published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

The researchers calculated the likely incidence of lightning during storms by taking into account the movement of tiny ice particles that form and move within the clouds. Electric charges accumulate in these particles, which is why storms originate and, as a consequence, lightning and its characteristic sound known as thunder, which can make windows and even the walls of a building or home vibrate.

Thus, and bearing in mind that, according to forecasts, the average global temperature of the planet will rise by about 5 degrees Celsius by 2100 and that today 1400 billion lightning bolts are produced every year around the world, experts concluded that the number of rays would be reduced by up to 15%. Consequently, the frequency of forest fires, especially those that occur in tropical regions, would be affected.



Leeds University professor Declan Finney said the analysis "questions the reliability of previous projections»On lightning and further» encourages further study of the effects of climate change on ice and lightning. It is therefore a very interesting study that gives rise to further study the effects that this great problem has for humanity, which is current climate change, which will serve to learn more about what is happening in the atmosphere.

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