Lightning strikes seen from space could soon make weather forecasts a lot more accurate
While lightning can be frightening to behold, it can also be extremely useful to researchers predicting the weather.
This month, Nasa is scheduled to launch a new satellite that will provide the first non-stop eye on lightning over North America.
Researchers hope that the data collected can be used for weather prediction, both as a hazard and a forecasting tool.
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WHAT IS LIGHTNING? Lighting occurs when ice particles in clouds separate out into heavier and lighter pieces, creating charged regions.
If strong winds separate the ice enough, an electric current flows, to... read more
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