Diurnal variations in Arizona monsoon lightning data

T. S. King, Robert Balling

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Results from harmonic analysis reveal a strong diurnal cycle in the frequency of lightning flashes. In much of the state, the time of maximum occurs in the mid-to-late afternoon period. However, in the large valley of central Arizona, the time of maximum lightning frequencies is closer to midnight. These results from the emerging lightning flash database should be useful in a) further evaluating the role of various mechanisms responsible for the nocturnal convective regime of central Arizona, b) verifying existing and future numerical models of precipitation processes in the region, and c) preparing and evaluating forecasts of summertime convective events in Arizona. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1659-1664
Number of pages6
JournalMonthly Weather Review
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1994

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  • Atmospheric Science


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