Warmer Temperatures Could Lead To More Lightning Strikes
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, say warmer global temperatures could lead to 50 percent more lightning strikes by the year 2100.By Steven Sparkman | November 13, 2014
We're used to hearing about how climate change will impact the weather: more storms, more hurricanes. But you might not have thought about another threat that goes hand in hand with severe weather: more lightning. (Video via National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, say one of the effects of higher global temperatures could be a huge increase in lightning strikes.
Publishing in the journal Science, the study's authors say every degree Celsius of warming could translate to a 12 percent increase in lightning strikes — around 50 percent more by the end of the century.