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Cloud to Cloud: Forecasting Storm Severity with Lightning
Description: Forecasters must monitor a variety of constantly changing factors affecting storm formation, but researchers have discovered that observing one of the components of severe weather, lightning, can reveal clues about an impending storm's severity. By looking at flash rate maps, they have discovered a pattern: an increase in total lightning activity followed by a dramatic decline often indicated the development of strong storms. [Source: NASA Earth System Science Data and Services]
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Source: NASA Earth System Science Data and Services
Publish Date: 11/7/2007
Reading Level: Basic
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