Thunderstorm • Auckland • MetService 

By Madhupriya

December 11,2022

Image Credit:-Google

Prior to a Thunderstorm Cumulus clouds are large and puffy. The sky and clouds are darkening. Wind direction changes abruptly. Temperature drops abruptly.

What are 2 signs that a thunderstorm is coming?

My Lightning Tracker is the best app for tracking lightning strikes in real time all over the world. You can watch thunderstorms as they happen thanks to a sleek modern design. You can also be notified when strikes are detected in your area.

How do I track lightning in my area?

The proportion of strikes over land rather than the sea is higher in the summer than in the winter. Summer strikes are also more common along ranges where sea breezes converge, such as the Kaimai Ranges or the Raukumara Range between Gisborne and the Bay of Plenty.

Does lightning hit the ground in NZ?

Even if there isn't much lightning, there are still trace amounts of ozone and nitrogen dioxide produced by lightning in the air. You can smell it before it's "scavenged" to the ground when the storm's gust front carries it out ahead of the rain.

Can you smell lightning before it strikes?

Crouch down in a ball-like position, with your head tucked and hands over your ears, so that you are low and in contact with the ground as little as possible. Never seek refuge under a lone tree. If you are in a forest, seek refuge among lower trees. Never seek shelter under a cliff or rocky overhang.

What to do if lightning is about to strike you?

While no location is completely safe from lightning, some locations are far safer than others. During a thunderstorm, the best place to be is inside a large enclosed structure with plumbing and electrical wiring. Shopping malls, schools, office buildings, and private residences are examples.

Where is the safest place to be if struck by lightning?