Clouds and Thunderstorms

Monday 12 March 2018
Clive Saunders writes “We live in Mellor, which is a wonderful place for cloud spotting – and a popular location for thunderstorms. Before boundary changes, we were in the wettest place in Cheshire! In the talk we will look at clouds from inside out and see how they develop into thunderstorms. The Atmospheric Physics Research group in Manchester University has been at the heart of thunderstorm research for over 50 years – we think we have solved the question of thunderstorm charging and lightning initiation. Our work
involves thunderstorm simulations in the laboratory together with flying through storms in instrumented aircraft – very addictive once you get used to it.

The future? Lightning has a particular signature that can be detected worldwide, so we can measure global lightning activity and relate it to climate change. So far the results are not clear – more research is needed!”

Dr Clive Saunders is from the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, > Centre for Atmospheric Science, The University of Manchester

Talk starts 6.30 pm, Vale Inn, Adlington Road.
All welcome, no charge. Best to arrive early to be sure of getting a seat.

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