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Air pollution affects the summer thunderstorms

July 9 2008
14:00

The researchers found that air pollution provokes increased summer thunderstorms. So, for example in the U.S. is much stronger storm in the middle of the week than at the end. A degree of air pollution is much lower at the weekend.
Satellite Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), estimates the number of summer precipitation in the southeast U.S., found that on average it was significantly higher in the middle of the workweek than at the weekend, reports RIA Novosti.
According to the authors of the study, the human-induced air pollution hinders rainfall in the early stages of growth of thunderclouds and contributes to the fact that the clouds can hold much more water.

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