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Dissipating tropical systems - not your ordinary deep moist convection

Added on: August 28, 2012         Duration: 7 minutes

It’s probably not a surprise to hear that a healthy squall line moving through the Midwest can generate lightning at a rate of more than one stroke per second for an extended period of time. But what about in a tropical storm or hurricane? You’d likely be astonished to learn that, on average, a hurricane rarely produces more than a single lightning stroke every 10 minutes. While there are some hurricanes and tropical storms that are highly electrified, don’t let your guard down. In this workshop, you’ll learn why it’s important to keep your distance from widespread areas of precipitation generated by tropical systems that have dissipated after making landfall.


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