A powerful thunderstorm caught people in Tokyo and the Kanto region by surprise Monday evening, causing flash flooding and blackouts in some areas.
Lightning is a channel of electrical conduction that briefly opens up in the atmosphere and partially restores the balance of electric charges, either between different layers of a cloud or between a cloud and the ground.
Scott et al, 2014, suggest that the solar wind controls lightning on Earth, “increase in Galactic Cosmic Ray flux may directly trigger lightning through ‘runaway breakdown’ of electrons, leading to breakdown.”
Read that paper here.
The skies lit up in Tokyo Monday evening, as did social media:
— Alfie Goodrich (@AlfieJapanorama) August 27, 2018
— Simon and Martina (@eatyourkimchi) August 27, 2018
— Joseph Tame (@tamegoeswild) August 27, 2018
— ⚡️Lightning⚡️© (@LighterCable) August 27, 2018
GSM = increase in Galactic Cosmic Rays = trigger for Lightning through ‘runaway breakdown’ of electrons