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General --February is the last month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. --By tracking the latest hours in white, the overhead sun can be seen moving E to W on a daily basis. --Thunderstorms travel W to E over the middle and higher latitudes in both hemispheres, and move more slowly from varying directions in the tropics. Northern Hemisphere --Alaska, Canada, China, Europe, and Russia have almost no lightning in February. --The Mediterranean Sea has stationary and moving thunderstorm systems through the month. --Over the Indian subcontinent, lightning is over the northern portion and moves from W to E. --Lightning activity in February over the U.S., Cuba, Mexico, and Central America is primarily over the U.S. Gulf Coast and adjacent regions to the north. ~Ron Holle

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Tropics --The equatorial trough, also called the Intertropical Convergence Zone, is well defined over the Atlantic, sporadic over the Eastern North Pacific, and diffuse over the Indian Ocean. --The major islands and land areas of tropical Southeast Asia have daily thunderstorms in sea breezes and along mountain slopes; they move from varying directions through the month. --There is minimal lightning activity over the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia. --Storms form daily over East Africa, and move to the west or southwest. --Thunderstorm activity is present every day over Madagascar, while the Sahara is nearly devoid of lightning. --There is much more lightning over the northeast region of Brazil than during other months. ~Ron Holle

Mar 5, 2019 12:57:50 AM Dave Fincher

Southern Hemisphere --The Andes provide a sharp western boundary in a NNW-SSE line, and no lightning occurs over the cold water offshore of the Andes. --Over Australia, lightning is most often over the north coast. ~Ron Holle

Mar 5, 2019 12:58:04 AM Dave Fincher

Specific --03 to 10 February: Two thunderstorm complexes move across northern Saudi Arabia. --06 to 15 February: Tropical cyclone Gelena moves from near the NE tip of Madagascar from NW to SE. --06 to 12 and 20 to 25 February: Lightning forms over northern Argentina and moves east in lines and north in clusters. --07 to 10 February: Large area of thunderstorms moves from NW to SE to southeast of Australia. --09 to 11 and 17 to 20 February: Large cyclonic circulations near Hawaii. --14 to 18 February: First of several large areas of thunderstorms that move W to E from northern India to Myanmar to China. --16 to 20 February: Tropical cyclone Oma moves from NE to SW to the west of New Caledonia. --21 to 23 February: Intense squall line over north Atlantic, moving W to E. --23 to 25 February: Stationary cyclonic circulation in western Mediterranean. --27 to 28 February: Line of thunderstorms moves NE over ocean south of South Africa. ~Ron Holle

Mar 5, 2019 12:58:16 AM Dave Fincher