Ships' fumes a trigger for more lightning strikes

Signal of change / Ships' fumes a trigger for more lightning strikes

By Gwyneth Marcelo / 26 Sep 2017

"“It’s one of the clearest examples of how humans are actually changing the intensity of storm processes on Earth through the emission of particulates from combustion,” said Joel Thornton, from the University of Washington, in Seattle, the lead author of the study."

Ships' fumes a trigger for more lightning strikes

Thunderstorm aficionados, if you really want to see some action then get yourself aboard a cargo ship. A new study has shown that lightning strikes occur nearly twice as often above busy shipping lanes than in the regions to either side. It turns out the belching fumes from ship exhausts are helping to trigger extra lightning.



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