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-February is the last 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

Mar 2, 2016 Webmaster Archive

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

Mar 3, 2016 11:07:17 PM Dave Fincher

Tropics -The equatorial trough, also called the Intertropical Convergence Zone, is in an east-west alignment. It is intermittent over the Atlantic, western Pacific, and Indian Oceans. -The northern edge of lightning activity shifts to the north until afternoon strokes occur along the southern coast of West Africa by late in the month. -The major islands and land areas of Southeast Asia have thunderstorms on most afternoons due to sea breezes and along mountain slopes. ~Ron Holle

Mar 3, 2016 11:07:45 PM Dave Fincher

-04 to 06 Feb: A cyclonic circulation persists to the northeast of the Caribbean islands. -06 to 10 and 21 to 23 Feb: Clusters of individual thunderstorms move eastward over the eastern Pacific to the north of Hawaii. -12 and 23 Feb: Curved bands of lightning are apparent from Topical Cyclone Winston to the east of New Caledonia. -14 to 15 Feb: Storms from Argentina extend far to the east over the Atlantic. -14 to 17, 21 to 22, and 27 to 29 Feb: Cyclonic circulations over the Mediterranean Sea travel from Spain or Italy eastward to Israel. ~Ron Holle

Mar 3, 2016 11:11:08 PM Dave Fincher

-15 to 18 and 23 to 25 Feb: Well-organized squall lines move west to east over the southeast and eastern United States; both contain tornadoes and high winds. -17 to 20 Feb: Lightning occurs in the area of Dubai and southern Iran. Especially strong storms form over Argentina and move north into Paraguay. -20 Feb: Organized thunderstorms are off the west coast of Morocco. -21 to 23 Feb: Extensive lightning over the western half of Australia. -24 Feb: A persistent area of thunderstorms extends from India across Bangladesh into Thailand. ~Ron Holle

Mar 3, 2016 11:11:19 PM Dave Fincher