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--January is the middle 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 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

Feb 2, 2018 Webmaster Archive

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Northern Hemisphere --Alaska, Canada, China, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, Russia, and the United States have very small amounts of lightning. --Frequent storms move west to east over the Mediterranean Sea through the month. --Intermittent lightning is near and over Japan through January. ~Ron Holle

Feb 9, 2018 10:15:51 PM Dave Fincher

Tropics --The east-west aligned equatorial trough, the Intertropical Convergence Zone, is well defined over the eastern Atlantic, frequent in the eastern North Pacific, and diffuse over the western Pacific and Indian Oceans. --The major islands and land areas of tropical Southeast Asia have thunderstorms nearly every afternoon in sea breezes and along mountain slopes; they tend to move from the east earlier in the month, then from the west later in January. --Daily thunderstorms over Brazil have a generally counter-clockwise pattern but individual storms do not travel far or survive into the next day. --Cambodia, Central America, Laos, Mexico, the Sahara, and Thailand have infrequent thunderstorms. --The northern boundary of African thunderstorms is just north of the equator in January. ~Ron Holle

Feb 9, 2018 10:16:17 PM Dave Fincher

Southern Hemisphere --Lightning is very frequent over Australia and New Guinea during the month, and is often in large organized systems, while thunderstorms are intermittent over New Zealand. --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. --Lightning occurs at various times and locations at 55 degrees south latitude. ~Ron Holle

Feb 9, 2018 10:16:35 PM Dave Fincher

--02 January: Extensive lightning along nearly the entire north coast of Australia. --04 to 06 and 22 to 25 January: Several clusters of lightning move toward the northwest from northern Australia into the Timor Sea. --05 to 07 January: Large cyclonic circulation over the Iberian Peninsula. --16 to 18 January: Major windstorm in thunderstorms over Netherlands and surrounding countries. --17 to 19 and 29 to 31 January: Thunderstorms form over Argentina and move offshore over the South Atlantic. --18 to 22 January: Large regions and clusters of thunderstorms are at their peak, but persist over the South Atlantic Ocean for many days of January. ~Ron Holle

Feb 9, 2018 10:16:51 PM Dave Fincher