Using GLM to track thunderstorm life cycles

GLM FED/MFA RGB here shows the rapid thunderstorm life cycles in the weakly sheared but highly unstable Florida atmosphere, as reds to yellows (intensifying convection with lots of short cloud flashes) give way to blues and purples (weakening convection with fewer but longer flashes). The range rings circle today’s DSS event, which also highlights the difficult nature of producing storm by storm headlines or products for public safety as the life span of these thunderstorms are brief. The messaging for today highlights the consistently sporadic lightning threat for anyone on the coast or at the DSS site while storms build and collapse over a matter of minutes.


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