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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 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 portions of the tropics. ~Ron Holle

Apr 2, 2016 Webmaster Archive

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Northern Hemisphere --Lightning is nearly absent over Canada, Alaska, Central America, northern Europe, Russia, and the Sahara south of the Mediterranean, and infrequent over Cuba and Hispaniola. --Several large cyclonic lightning-producing storms are apparent during March over the eastern Pacific Ocean. --India and China have frequent thunderstorms traveling from west to east throughout the month. ~Ron Holle

Apr 5, 2016 9:26:03 PM Dave Fincher

Southern Hemisphere --Australia has thunderstorms every day that gradually reduce in frequency by the end of March. --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 away from continents are nearly lightning-free. ~Ron Holle

Apr 5, 2016 9:26:15 PM Dave Fincher

Tropics --The east-west equatorial trough, also called the Intertropical Convergence Zone, is well defined over the Atlantic and eastern Pacific, but weak over the western Pacific and Indian Oceans. --The northern edge of African lightning has shifted such that afternoon strikes in March are inland from the coast of West Africa. --The major islands and land areas of Southeast Asia have thunderstorms on most afternoons due to sea breezes and along mountain slopes. Sumatra is especially active throughout March. ~Ron Holle

Apr 5, 2016 9:26:30 PM Dave Fincher

--01 to 02 March: Line of storms races to the northeast over Argentina. --03 to 05, and 10 to 11 March: Long lines of thunderstorms extend from southeast Australia to the South Island of New Zealand. --08 to 10 March: Storm in Dubai area provides half of annual rainfall. --08 to 13 March: Well-organized clusters and squall lines move from southwest to northeast across all of the Gulf of Mexico; very heavy rains occur in the southeast U.S. --12 to 14, 18 to 21, and 26 to 29 March: Well-organized storms form near southern tip of South Africa and move far to the southeast. --14 to 17, 21 to 22, and 27 to 29 February: Cyclonic circulations over the Mediterranean Sea travel from Spain or Italy eastward to Israel. ~Ron Holle

Apr 5, 2016 9:28:16 PM Dave Fincher

--16 to 23 March: The equatorial trough has a double east-west structure over Eastern Pacific. --18 to 20 March: Especially strong storms form over Argentina and move north into Paraguay. --22 to 26 March: Lightning persists in the Hawaiian region. --25 to 31 March: Active thunderstorms move onshore in Western Europe. --28 to 31 March: A prolific lightning-producing complex moves west to east across the Gulf of Mexico and Florida. ~Ron Holle

Apr 5, 2016 9:28:29 PM Dave Fincher