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WWLLN Lightning Used to Diagnose Strongest Tropical Storm on Record

2017-04-26 14:59:28

Typhoon Haiyan was already one of the strongest tropical storms on record. Now it has another claim to fame. Analysis of satellite data has revealed that the storm, which hit the Philippines in 2013, hosted a spectacular lightning show in its innermost core – something not seen in recorded storms of similar intensity. Haiyan was found to have lightning at its core for 49 per cent of its life between 3 and 11 November that year, when it killed some 6300 people and wreaked huge damage to property and infrastructure. By comparison, hurricanes Rita and Katrina had lightning at their cores for just 5 and 3 per cent of their existence, respectively.

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