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--January is the middle month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and of meteorological summer in the Southern Hemisphere. --By tracking the latest hours in white, the overhead sun can be seen to move E to W on a daily basis. --Thunderstorms travel W to E over the middle and higher latitudes in both hemispheres, and E to W in the tropics. --The equatorial trough, also called the Intertropical Convergence Zone, is intermittently active over the Atlantic during much of the month and occasionally noted over the Eastern Pacific. --No lightning occurs over the Sahara, except along the Mediterranean coast. --Almost no lightning occurs over the SE Pacific and South Atlantic except storms that move offshore from South America. --The Andes provide a sharp western boundary in a generally NNW-SSE line; no lightning occurs over the cold water offshore of the Andes. ~Ron Holle

Feb 2, 2015 Webmaster Archive

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(Cont) --In the southern portion of South America, clearing of lightning is apparent from south to north as cold fronts and attendant dry sinking air arrives to minimize lightning. --The major islands of SE Asia have thunderstorms nearly every afternoon due to sea breezes and along the slopes of mountain ranges. --Much of the lightning over Australia tends to be organized, although the northwest coast has more frequent activity than inland. Storms form almost daily over the Cape York Peninsula of Australia. --Several major cyclonic storms move W to E from southern Japan. --Mainly stationary storms remain NW to NE of Hawaii during much of month. ~Ron Holle

Feb 4, 2015 5:52:45 PM Dave Fincher

--01 to 03 January: Most of the month’s lightning over India occurs during this period. --01 to 04 January: A well-organized area of lightning moves E to W from Kenya across the Democratic Republic of the Congo. --04 to 06, 13 to 17, and 27 to 30 January: Organized cyclonic storms are over the Mediterranean Sea and Middle East, moving W to E. --15 to 16 January: A partial circular lightning pattern east of Madagascar is associated with Tropical Cyclone Bansi. --16 to 17 January: Organized squall line moves SW to NE from South Africa to Mozambique. --19 to 21 January: A well-organized area of lightning moves NW to SE across Iran. --27 to 29 January: Lines of lightning form on the eastern Argentina coast and move over the south Atlantic. ~Ron Holle

Feb 4, 2015 5:52:58 PM Dave Fincher