More Lightning? New Opportunities!

"Atmospheric scientists looked at predictions of precipitation and cloud buoyancy in 11 different climate models and concluded that their combined effect will generate 50 percent more electrical discharges to the ground by the end of the century because of global warming. The main cause is water vapor, which fuels explosive deep convection in the atmosphere. The more convection, the greater the charge separation and the more cloud-to-ground strikes."  

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If this is turns out to be true, watch for increased regulations about lightning protection leading and innovations in lightning protection systems. Also look for increased demand for lightning protection products and changes in the geographic distribution of lightning demand.

Along with increased danger from storms, floods, and wildfire, this news about lightning demonstrates that climate change will be a major driver of construction innovation in the decades ahead.

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