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Sun Aug 11, 2019, 06:08 PM

Rare Lightning Strikes Detected Near the North Pole on Saturday

https://weather.com/news/news/2019-08-11-unusual-lightning-detected-near-north-pole

Several lightning strikes were detected near the North Pole on Saturday, something rarely seen in that region of the Arctic Ocean.

The lightning flashes were recorded within 300 miles of the North Pole, at 85 degrees north latitude, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. AKDT, according to the National Weather Service in Fairbanks, Alaska. That's about 700 miles north of the Lena River Delta in Siberia.

Lightning does occur each summer north of the Arctic Circle (66.6 degrees north latitude), including occasionally over southern portions of the Arctic Ocean.

It's uncertain how many lightning strikes in history have occurred as far north as Saturday's event, but based on the worldwide lightning climatology map shown below, they are hardly seen in that region of the Arctic.

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I've spent more than a year of my life in the Arctic and Antarctic.

An Old Antarctic Hand told me back in the 1990's "If I see lightening here - we are fucked". Of course this story is about the Arctic.

But still.

We. Are. Fucked.

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jpak Aug 11 OP
pbmus Aug 11 #1
revmclaren Aug 11 #2
Hortensis Aug 11 #5
pansypoo53219 Aug 11 #3
lapfog_1 Aug 11 #4
roamer65 Aug 11 #6
pansypoo53219 Aug 12 #7

Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 06:10 PM

1. Coastal property will soon be dirt cheap...

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Response to pbmus (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 07:45 PM

2. You mean MUD cheap...



ONLY!!! 2019 and beyond.

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Response to pbmus (Reply #1)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 10:08 PM

5. Yes, because no one can build a seawall in the many areas

where erosion is not a problem. A bursting of the coastal property bubble that's been forcing people of normal means out of desirable areas into hot interior plains, closing beauty off for the few, would imo not be a bad thing at all, though I have my doubts about how far values will fall in the kind of markets where people can afford to self insure and just write checks to replace.

Thanks for this, Jpak. I'm not sure I ever knew lightening was very rare there. And now this.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 08:03 PM

3. my cousin is an atmospheric PHd. our only hope is a mega volcano.

yes. we are doomed. but population was gonna do it too.

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 08:38 PM

4. be careful what you wish for

Yellowstone eruption could be the "cure" that is worse than the "disease".

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 11, 2019, 10:22 PM

6. Excessive volcanic activity will spike CO2.

During the Cretaceous, due to excessive volcanic activity, the temperature of the planet was about 4C higher than normal. There were no polar icecaps. CO2 was about 5 times as high as present day.

Of course, if most of the human population is gone then CO2 levels stop rising.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 05:27 PM

7. but it will cool the planet.

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