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Lightning increase after Chernobyl.

Lightning increase after Chernobyl

As a legacy of the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, certain areas of Sweden suffered high levels of radioactive fallout in the month that followed the accident. It was immediately apparent that this fallout could harm animals and humans, but Swedish researchers are now reporting that the accident also affected the frequency of lighting flashes.

"In areas with high radioactive fallout,' say researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden, "an increase in the amount of lightning flashes was observed during the 1986 thunderstorm season.' In the Sept. 20 JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, the researchers suggest that the radioactivity affected the flash frequency by increasing the conductivity of the atmosphere.
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Title Annotation:nuclear accident linked to lightning in Sweden
Publication:Science News
Date:Oct 10, 1987
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