Thunderstorms near the North Pole

Alena Popykina*, Nikolay Ilin, Maria Shatalina, Colin Price, Fedor Sarafanov, Andrey Terentev, Andrey Kurkin*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In recent years, there has been a notable surge in lightning events within the Arctic region. This is possibly due to the ongoing trend of global warming that is particularly pronounced in the Arctic. This study focuses on instances of rare lightning activity in the proximity to the North Pole in the last decade. We hypothesize that these occurrences are linked to augmented land heating in Eurasia rather than solely due to the increasing temperatures in the Arctic region. This assertion is substantiated by model simulations using the Weather Research and Forecasting model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number310
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2024


FundersFunder number
NNSTU Development Program
Russian Academy of SciencesFFUF-2022-0008


    • Arctic region
    • climate change
    • lightning


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