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Massive Lightning Storm Lights up Northern Alabama

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Visualization Credits

Lead Visualizer:
Alex Kekesi (GST)

Cheng Zhang (USRA)

Data Visualizer:
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC)

Lead Scientist:
Scott Rudlosky (NOAA/NESDIS/STAR)

Data Providers:
Chris Kidd (University of Maryland)
Dennis Chesters (NASA/GSFC)

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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio & NOAA

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Data Used:
North Alabama Lightning Mapping Array also referred to as: NALMA
Observed Data - NASA, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and Georgia Institute of Technology
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.

DLESE >> Atmospheric science
DLESE >> Natural hazards
GCMD >> Earth Science
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Clouds
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Electricity >> Lightning
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Lightning
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Atmosphere >> Atmospheric Phenomena >> Storms
SVS >> Hyperwall
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