Bolt from the blue: warming climate may fuel more lightning | Culture Collapse Disorder |

Rising global temperatures may cause a big jolt in the number of lightning strikes in the United States over the rest of the 21st century in the latest example of extreme weather spawned by climate change, scientists say.


Researchers forecast on Thursday that lightning strikes will increase by about 50 percent by 2100 in the continental United States because thunderstorms will become more explosive in the coming decades thanks to a warming planet.


This increase could lead to more wildfires because lightning already triggers half of these blazes in the United States... (Click title for more)