Articles | Volume 22, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 3379–3389, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-3379-2022
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 3379–3389, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-3379-2022

Research article 14 Mar 2022

Research article | 14 Mar 2022

Lightning activity in northern Europe during a stormy winter: disruptions of weather patterns originating in global climate phenomena

Ivana Kolmašová et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on acp-2021-827', Anonymous Referee #1, 21 Nov 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Ivana Kolmasova, 25 Nov 2021
      • RC2: 'Reply on AC1', Anonymous Referee #1, 26 Nov 2021
  • CC1: 'Comment on acp-2021-827', Deborah Morgenstern, 10 Dec 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on CC1', Ivana Kolmasova, 22 Dec 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on acp-2021-827', Anonymous Referee #2, 26 Jan 2022
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC3', Ivana Kolmasova, 05 Feb 2022
      • AC4: 'Reply on RC3', Ivana Kolmasova, 05 Feb 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Ivana Kolmasova on behalf of the Authors (06 Feb 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (14 Feb 2022) by Michael Pitts
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (17 Feb 2022)
ED: Publish as is (17 Feb 2022) by Michael Pitts
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Short summary
The 2014–2015 winter brought an enormous number of lightning strokes to northern Europe, about 4 times more than their long-term median over the last decade. This unusual production of lightning, concentrated above the ocean and along the western coastal areas, was probably due to a combination of large-scale climatic events like El Niño and the North Atlantic Oscillation, causing increased sea surface temperatures and updraft strengths, which acted as additional thundercloud-charging drivers.
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