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Climate change is triggering more lightning strikes in the Arctic

It’s not just the northern lights that glow in the Arctic. Lightning has been striking the region more often in the past decade as the climate gets warmer, Science News reports. The number of summertime bolts detected in latitudes higher than 65°N (above Alaska) has increased more than six times, from about 35,000 in 2010 to about 240,000 in 2020, a study in Geophysical Research Letters concludes. The spike follows rising temperatures in the region, and scientists think the warmer climate could be fueling more thunderstorms.

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