Highlights of a New Ground-Based, Hourly Global Lightning Climatology

  title={Highlights of a New Ground-Based, Hourly Global Lightning Climatology},
  author={K. Virts and J. Wallace and M. Hutchins and R. Holzworth},
  journal={Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society},
The seasonally and diurnally varying frequency of lightning flashes provides a measure of the frequency of occurrence of intense convection and, as such, is useful in describing the Earth's climate. Here we present a few highlights of a global lightning climatology based on data from the ground-based World Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN), for which global observations began in 2004. Because WWLLN monitors global lightning continuously, it samples ~100 times as many lightning strokes… Expand

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