New study suggests severe thunderstorms will become more common
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Global warming could result in fewer but more intense thunderstorms, with a 10 percent increase in lightning activity for every 1 degree Celsius of warming, according to a new study by scientists at Tel Aviv University.
The increase in more severe storms could up the chances for flash floods, wildfires and even damage to power infrastructure, according to Professor Colin Price, head of the university’s Department of Geophysics, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.
The researchers tested their climate models in real world conditions in Africa and the Amazon, and regions where climate change occurs naturally, such as Indonesia and Southeast Asia, where El Niño cyclically changes the atmosphere. (more…)
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