Articles | Volume 21, issue 23
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 17529–17557, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17529-2021

Special issue: The role of fire in the Earth system: understanding interactions...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 17529–17557, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-17529-2021

Research article 02 Dec 2021

Research article | 02 Dec 2021

Lightning-ignited wildfires and long continuing current lightning in the Mediterranean Basin: preferential meteorological conditions

Francisco J. Pérez-Invernón et al.

Data sets

Cloud Top Height - MSG - 0 degree EUMETSAT Earth Observation Portal https://navigator.eumetsat.int/product/EO:EUM:DAT:MSG:CTH

ERA5 hourly data on pressure levels from 1979 to present H. Hersbach, B. Bell, P. Berrisford, G. Biavati, A. Horányi, J. Muñoz Sabater, J. Nicolas, C. Peubey, R. Radu, I. Rozum, D. Schepers, A. Simmons, C. Soci, D. Dee, and J.-N. Thépaut https://doi.org/10.24381/cds.bd0915c6

ERA5 hourly data on single levels from 1979 to present H. Hersbach, B. Bell, P. Berrisford, G. Biavati, A. Horányi, J. Muñoz Sabater, J. Nicolas, C. Peubey, R. Radu, I. Rozum, D. Schepers, A. Simmons, C. Soci, D. Dee, and J.-N. Thépaut https://doi.org/10.24381/cds.adbb2d47

ERA5-Land hourly data from 1981 to present J. Muñoz Sabater https://doi.org/10.24381/cds.e2161bac

ERA5-Land hourly data from 1950 to 1980 J. Muñoz Sabater https://doi.org/10.24381/cds.e2161bac

Non-Quality Controlled Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on International Space Station (ISS) Science Data Richard J. Blakeslee https://doi.org/10.5067/LIS/ISSLIS/DATA110

Incêndios Rurais Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF) http://www2.icnf.pt/portal/florestas/dfci/inc

PROMÉTHÉE 2: Forest fires database for Mediterranean area in France Délégation à la Protection de la Forêt Méditerranéenne https://www.promethee.com/

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Short summary
Lightning-ignited fires tend to occur in remote areas and can spread significantly before suppression. Long continuing current (LCC) lightning, preferably taking place in dry thunderstorms, is believed to be the main precursor of lightning-ignited fires. We analyze fire databases of lightning-ignited fires in the Mediterranean basin and report the shared meteorological conditions of fire- and LCC-lightning-producing thunderstorms. These results can be useful to improve fire forecasting methods.
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