Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Nebraska-Nocturnal Thunderstorm Capitol


Does it seem to you that most of our (Eastern Nebraska) thunderstorms occur during the night? If so, your impression is correct. Eastern Nebraska has over 60% of its thunderstorms occur during the night and this is the highest percentage of anywhere in the U.S. Typically thunderstorms peak late afternoon during the hottest time of the day. Note the 65% in southeast Nebraska making it the area for greatest amount of nocturnal thunderstorms in the U.S. The map is from a comprehensive study of Great Plains thunderstorms by Dr. Bob Balling of Arizona State University (http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/1520-0450(1985)024%3C1383%3AWSNPIT%3E2.0.CO%3B2)


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