World Lightning Map: Lightning is not uniformly distributed across the Earth.

Article by: , Ph.D., RPG

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World Lightning Map: The map above shows the average yearly counts of lightning flashes per square kilometer based on data collected by NASA’s Lightning Imaging Sensor on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite between 1995 and 2002. Places where less than one flash occurred (on average) each year are gray or light purple. The places with the largest number of lightning strikes are deep red, grading to black. Enlarge.

What is Lightning?

Lightning is a sudden high-voltage discharge of electricity that occurs within a cloud, between clouds, or between a cloud and the ground. Globally, there are about 40 to 50 flashes of lightning every second, or nearly 1.4 billion flashes per year. These electrical discharges are powerful and deadly.
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Localities urged to prepare for natural disasters


Update: June, 02/2017 – 09:00

The front gate of a kindergarten in Chiềng Pha Commune, Thuận Châu District, Sơn La Province was destroyed by thunderstorm and hail last year. — VNA/VNS Photo Công Luật
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Meteorology and agriculture experts have urged localities to take the initiative in responding to natural disasters, with Việt Nam’s weak preparations set to be tested by severe weather this year.

“It is predicted that there will be many more floods, flashfloods and landslides this year than last year, especially in the western-northern area,” said Hoàng Đức Cường, director of the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting (NCHMF) at a conference in Hà Nội on Thursday. Tiếp tục đọc “Localities urged to prepare for natural disasters”