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Lightning Doubles Over Popular Shipping Lanes

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Oct 31, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 12:22

Guest: Joel Thornton, PhD, Professor of Chemistry and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington Here’s an electrifying correlation. In the Indian Ocean and South China Sea, lightning is twice as likely to strike over shipping lanes than it is to strike just outside the path where ships move. Researchers at the University of Washington believe the ships are attracting the lightning. But how?