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--November is the last month of meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, and of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. --By tracking the latest hours in white, the overhead sun can be seen moving east to west on a daily basis. --Thunderstorms travel west to east over the middle and higher latitudes in both hemispheres, and are stationary or move more slowly from varying directions in the tropics. ~Ron Holle

Dec 1, 2017 Webmaster Archive

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Northern Hemisphere --Frequent lightning near and over Japan through November. --Alaska, Canada, China, Europe, and Russia have very small amounts of lightning. Two exceptions are frequent storms moving west to east over the Mediterranean Sea, and offshore of Scandinavia. --The United States has minimal lightning in November. --The Indian subcontinent and the Sahara are mostly free of lightning during November. ~Ron Holle

Dec 5, 2017 9:03:37 PM Dave Fincher

Tropics --The east-west aligned equatorial trough, the Intertropical Convergence Zone, is moderately well defined over the eastern North Pacific and western Atlantic during November, and sporadic over the western Pacific. --The major islands and land areas of tropical Southeast Asia have thunderstorms nearly every afternoon in sea breezes and along mountain slopes. Motion is generally weak. --Daily thunderstorms over Brazil often have a generally counter-clockwise pattern but individual storms do not travel far. --An extensive east-west band of thunderstorms persists across New Guinea through much of the month. --Central America and Mexico thunderstorms are weak through the month. ~Ron Holle

Dec 5, 2017 9:03:50 PM Dave Fincher

Southern Hemisphere --Several large storm complexes form over northern Argentina and Paraguay and move north or eastward. --The South Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans away from land are nearly lightning-free. --Several long lines of thunderstorms extend eastward from South Africa. --The Andes south of the equator provide a sharp western boundary in a NNW-SSE line and no lightning occurs over the cold water offshore of these mountains. ~Ron Holle

Dec 5, 2017 9:04:04 PM Dave Fincher

Specific --01 to 03 November: Unusually large concentration of lightning over Atlantic coasts of Namibia and adjacent South Africa. --02 to 05, and 09 to 11 November: Especially strong thunderstorms form over central Argentina and move north into Brazil. --05 to 06, and 25 to 30 November: Thunderstorms over New Zealand. --07 to 09 and 19 to 21 November: Frequent lightning over northern Saudi Arabia. --10 to 13, and 21 to 23 November: Extensive lightning outbreaks over central Australia. --14 to 16 November: Large thunderstorm complex southeast from South Africa. --23 to 27 November: Large cyclonic circulation over Atlantic west of Morocco. ~Ron Holle

Dec 5, 2017 9:04:46 PM Dave Fincher