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Concerning uptick in high Arctic lightning

Lightning is a dramatic and visually impressive weather phenomenon, but it is also a key component and indicator of climate regimes and the trajectory they are taking in the face of anthropogenic forcing. The year 2021 saw the highest ever lightning count in the high Arctic region above 80 degrees North, where lightning had historically been rare. In this article, PLOS Climate Executive Editor Jamie Males discusses this trend and its implications.

Concerning uptick in high Arctic lightning

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