DISCUSSION: Within the last couple of days, a weak area of low pressure gradually pushed portions of western-to-northwestern Europe. As this disturbance moved through these sections of Europe, there was a distinct low/mid-level wind shift from predominantly northeasterly to approximately southeasterly winds. Hence, this allowed for a much warmer and more buoyant air mass to move into the region. Thus, this facilitated a much more convectively unstable ambient environment which made it easier for the atmosphere to generate reasonably deep convection. As storms did fire during the earlier part of this past week, the convection which did fire up became sufficiently deep to become a concern for frequent lightning generation.
As captured in the footage above, there were many cases in which there was fairly close calls with regard to lightning strikes in close proximity to more populated areas. As is always the case with severe storms, this makes it particularly hazardous for people which are going about their day-to-day business/activities. The most important factor to consider when you are in the vicinity of strong-to-severe thunderstorms is that lightning is one of the most dangerous storm-related threats to people and property in general. Therefore, it is always important to highly respect the natural power of the atmosphere in all convective situations. Moreover, as the National Weather Service network always urges to the public in such situations, "When thunder roars, be sure to go indoors."
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