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Lightning: Basics, Theory, and Observations in Alaska

June 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am to 12:00 pm AKDT

Speaker: Alex Young
National Weather Service Fairbanks, Alaska

Lightning in Alaska poses unique challenges for the operational forecasting, fire weather, and climate communities. This presentation incorporates these challenges by providing a technical discussion on topics such as lightning terminology, behavior, and networks as well as charging theory in relation to lightning production. Lightning applications in Alaska will also be covered, including an overview comparing the Alaska Fire Service – Bureau of Land Management (AFS-BLM) and Global Lightning Network (GLD360) from the 2015-2020 summer months.