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--March is the first month of meteorological spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and of autumn 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 move slowly from varying directions in the tropics. ~Ron Holle

Apr 3, 2018 Webmaster Archive

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Northern Hemisphere --March lightning over the United States is in well-organized lines and clusters that usually start on the Plains and/or Southeast states and move eastward for several days. --Large organized thunderstorm lines and regions are frequent over North Atlantic during March. --Canada and Alaska have very few strokes during March. --Central America and Mexico have minimal lightning during March. --Most of Europe, Russia and China have minimal lightning, while Japan has a few events during March. ~Ron Holle

Apr 5, 2018 8:56:54 PM Dave Fincher

Tropics --The equatorial trough, also called the Intertropical Convergence Zone, is in a northeast-southwest alignment between Ivory Coast and northeast Brazil all month over the Atlantic Ocean. It is infrequent over the Eastern Pacific, and difficult to identify on many days over the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. --The major islands and land areas of tropical Southeast Asia have thunderstorms nearly every afternoon in sea breezes and along mountain slopes; they move from varying directions. --Thunderstorms are intermittent over the Indian subcontinent, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and New Zealand. --The northern boundary of thunderstorms over Africa steadily shifts northward during March. --Daily thunderstorms over Brazil move from the east-northeast but individual storms do not travel far or survive into the next day. ~Ron Holle

Apr 5, 2018 8:57:04 PM 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. --The South Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans away from the continent are usually lightning-free. --Over Australia, lightning is very frequent in large organized systems earlier in the month, then slowly decreases through March. --Madagascar has thunderstorms every day in March, while the South Atlantic is nearly free of lightning. ~Ron Holle

Apr 5, 2018 8:57:15 PM Dave Fincher

--04 to 09 March: Large area of thunderstorms in cyclonic circulation over North Atlantic. --05 to 08 and 15 to 18 March: Thunderstorms form over Argentina and move far offshore over the South Atlantic. --15 to 18 March: Large cyclonic circulation of Tropical Cyclone Iliakim over and east of Madagascar. --18 to 23 March: Tropical Cyclone Marcus offshore the northwest coast of Australia. --19 March: Tornadoes over northern Alabama and Georgia in a WNW-ESE swath. --22 to 23 March: Long frontal boundary over Atlantic with lightning from Cuba to Newfoundland. --22 to 25 March: Large thunderstorm complexes move west to east across Mediterranean. --28 to 31 March: Moderate thunderstorms over and west of the southern tip of South America. ~Ron Holle

Apr 5, 2018 8:57:29 PM Dave Fincher