DISCUSSION: Over the past couple of days, there has been impressive convective activity across several different parts of Germany. In light of this recent convection, it is always neat to conduct an overview of the total lightning activity associated with a given convective outburst across any given region. As you can see in the image above, several of these storms produced copious amounts of lightning. Often times, as convection intensifies as it's core and expands in coverage, there is often a dramatic increase in the amount of lightning within such storms (whether this lightning be characterized as cloud-to-ground, cloud-to-air, or cloud-to-cloud). In cases which have larger thunderstorm coverage, there are often more complex in-storm dynamics which tend to facilitate greater amounts of lightning due to more convective storms merging and/or interacting with one another as they continue to exist in close proximity to one another. Always neat to see classic storm dynamics at play in the real world.
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