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Animated Daily Lightning Map

This is an animated map illustrating how the daily probability of lightning (the light blue glow) varies with the seasons.

The highest lightning probabilty corresponds to the warmest locations at any given time (a higher probabilty of thunderstorms) and also with the seasons. The warmest locations tend to be even warmer in summer so lightning probability is even higher in those locations.

Visualization Credits

Tom Bridgman (GST): Lead Animator
Scott Wiessinger (UMBC): Producer
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission - TRMM

Data Used:
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation also referred to as: BMNG
The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

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Terrestrial Gamma Flashes

GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Electricity >> Lightning
NASA Science >> Earth

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version