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Lightning activity over India: A study of east-west contrast

Tinmaker, MIR and Chate, DM (2013) Lightning activity over India: A study of east-west contrast. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34 (16). pp. 5641-5650.

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This article presents a study of east–west regional contrast in lightning activity over India (8°N–35°N, 68°E–98°E) using monthly satellite-based lightning flash grid (0.5° × 0.5°) data for a period of 10 years (1998–2007). On the premise of nearly equality to land mass location for the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), India is divided in two regions – eastern and western – spanning the 79°E longitude line. The spatial variation of the east–west contrast shows that lightning flash rate density is higher over east-northeast India (30 flashes km−2 year−1). The lower elevation of the eastern region is an important factor in maintaining a maximum surface temperature contrast in regard to influencing the development of strong convection and thunderstorms, and hence high flash rate density. The results suggest that the hot and humid extensive land region of the ITCZ in the eastern region is more likely to lead to the development of thunderstorms and high flash rate density

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyrights of this article belongs to Taylor and Francis.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Convergence zones; Eastern regions; Lightning activity; Lightning flash rate; Lightning flashes; Spatial variations; Strong convections; Surface temperatures, Atmospheric temperature; Thunderstorms, Lightning protection, atmospheric convection; intertropical convergence zone; lightning; satellite imagery; spatial variation; surface temperature; thunderstorm, India
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2014 07:01
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 07:01

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