Scientists believe ship exhaust makes thunder more intense

Ship exhaust intensifies thunderstorms, shows new US research. Powerful lightning in the Indian Ocean, the Malacca Strait, and the South China Sea has struck exactly where the vessels sail, show 12 years of registrations. See the comparison here.

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Exhaust from marine traffic does not just contain sulfur, CO2, and nitrogen. According to scientists in the US, the exhaust from the vessels is contributing to the creation of powerful storms occurring around the world.

Researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle have concluded that the extreme weather on some of the world's most heavily trafficked shipping routes is no coincidence. The storms are related to the exhaust from ships, which creates intense thunder because aerosols from this exhaust cause electrification that makes the thunder more intense, the scientists explain in their report.

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