Thunder and lightning - What determines where and when thunderstorms occur?

Michael J. Rycroft

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (SciVal)
149 Downloads (Pure)


Where and when thunderstorms occur is a topic of considerable practical importance for human society on which some meteorologists and atmospheric and space scientists carry out research. Owens et al (2104 Environ. Res. Lett. 9 115009) have found that the occurrence of lightning over the UK is up to ∼50% greater than usual when the magnetic field outside the Earth's magnetosphere, in interplanetary space, points towards the Sun rather than away from it. But why this happens is not yet totally clear.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121001
JournalEnvironmental Research Letters
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2014


Dive into the research topics of 'Thunder and lightning - What determines where and when thunderstorms occur?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this