DISCUSSION: As strong thunderstorms fired up just to the west of northern Italy much earlier today (local time), there was a dramatically increased threat for severe weather impacts across many parts of northern Italy. This is a significant threat due to high concentration of wineries and grape farms in this part of Italy which are vulnerable to impacts for heavy rainfall (and consequential flooding as a result of heavy rainfall events) as well as occasional hailstorms in some instances. As seen in the infrared satellite image (attached above), you can denote cloud-top temperatures colder than -69° Celsius within certain parts of convective cloud shield. In the second image (located beneath the EUMETSAT infrared satellite image), you can denote the high concentration of lightning strikes observed in association with the aforementioned convective cluster over and just to the west of northern Italy! Lightning is one of nature's number 1 killers, so "when thunder roars, be sure to go indoors!"
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~Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz