Meteorologists with a month's lightning records

Meteorologists with a month's lightning records

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Credit: DAVID PARKER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Lightning recording. Two meteorologists studying a display of one month's lightning strikes near the European Ariane satellite launch facility at Kourou, French Guiana. The launch site (ELA) is at centre. The three white symbols nearby are the lightning detectors. The colours correspond to the number of lightning events recorded at a given spot during the month. A white line running diagonally across the screen is the coast. The circles represent intervals of 20 kilometres. A knowledge of local weather, especially the prediction of lightning storms, is crucial to the safe launch of a rocket into orbit.

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Keywords: ariane 5, atmosphere, climate, ela, lightni, lightning, lightning monitoring, lightning records, meteorology, record of, records of, weather, weather monitoring

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