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|Lightning’s connection to tropical storms and hurricane intensification has eluded researchers for years, but NASA scientists hope to answer some of these puzzling questions. (NASA)|
Dr. Richard Blakeslee, atmospheric research scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL and thunderstorm physicist Dr. Monte Bateman of Universities Space Research Association answered questions via live Web chat.
So what can you learn from lightning chat? Find out who gets the most lightning; why there are different types of lightning; how we can use lightning to predict severe weather; what are the current “hot topics” in research; and what new technology and measurement systems are being developed to push the frontiers of our knowledge. You can also learn about lightning safety, the global distribution and frequency of lightning occurrence, as well as some of its physical characteristics; the relationship of lightning to severe storms and weather — e.g., lightning rate changes may serve as a “pre-cursor” or advanced indicator to later severe weather at the ground such as tornadoes; and other lightning research topics such as lightning-hurricane relationships and terrestrial gamma-ray bursts.
Download the transcript: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/591849main_LightningChat.pdf