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--January is the middle month of meteorological winter 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 E to W on a daily basis. --Thunderstorms travel W to E over the middle and higher latitudes in both hemispheres, and more slowly from E to W in many locations in the tropics. ~Ron Holle

Feb 3, 2016 Webmaster Archive

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Northern Hemisphere --Australia has thunderstorms every day in the form of sea breezes, cold fronts, and squall lines. --Cuba, Hispaniola, and Central America are usually free of lightning. --India and China have minimal January lightning except for a few small storms. --Lightning is almost entirely absent in Canada, Alaska, northern Europe, Russian, China, and the Sahara south of the Mediterranean. ~Ron Holle

Feb 5, 2016 12:28:05 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. --Daily thunderstorms over Brazil often have a generally counter-clockwise pattern but individual storms do not travel far. --The South Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans are nearly lightning-free. --Long west-to-west lines of lightning extend offshore from Argentina into the South Atlantic. --The eastern tip of Brazil has lightning on many days. ~Ron Holle

Feb 5, 2016 12:28:23 AM Dave Fincher

Tropics --The equatorial trough, also called the Intertropical Convergence Zone, is in an east-west alignment. It is well defined from Malaysia eastward in the Pacific, but less organized over the Atlantic, western Pacific, and Indian Oceans. --The northern edge of African lightning activity has shifted to mostly south of the equator. --The major islands and land areas of Southeast Asia have thunderstorms on most afternoons due to sea breezes and along mountain slopes. ~Ron Holle

Feb 5, 2016 12:28:39 AM Dave Fincher

--01 to 05 January: Storms form daily on the eastern slope of the Andes in Argentina. --02 to 05 January: Frequent lightning over and east of Japan. --03 January: The farthest south lightning occurs south of Ushuaia, Argentina over Antarctica. --06-09, & 15-20 January: Cyclonic circulations over the Mediterranean Sea travel from Spain or Italy eastward to Israel. --07 to 08 January: A series of three El Nino storms is over the southern U.S.; one off the Florida coast, one in Texas, and a third near Tucson. --08 to 11 January: Over the North Pacific, several clusters and long lines of thunderstorms move west to east. Similar events occur at other times during January. --17 to 20 January: A squall line moves west to east across Western Australia. --20 to 24 January: A long swath of lightning extends over the North Atlantic, consisting of numerous individual long-path storms. --21 to 23 January: A long line of lightning extends from southeast Australia to the South Island of New Zealand. ~Ron Holle

Feb 5, 2016 12:31:19 AM Dave Fincher