DISCUSSION: Much earlier in the day on Thursday, there was fairly impressive thunderstorm activity ongoing across many parts of the Italian Peninsula. This widespread convection was the result of a strengthening low pressure system which was gradually moving across central-to-eastern portions of the Mediterranean Sea. The bulk of this thunderstorm activity across this region occurred across the countries of Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Greece. It is also worth noting that the majority of this thunderstorm activity consisted of mostly pulse-type thunderstorms and many of them remained nearly stationary after being driven by thermal heating earlier on in the day on Thursday. There is no question that these were dangerous storms due to the prevalence of the cloud-to-ground lightning strikes across the aforementioned region. For more specific details on your area visit lightning map with variable size; blitzortung.org.
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