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JDR Vol.8 No.6 pp. 1071-1077
(2013)
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2013.p1071

Paper:

Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Features of Tornadic Storms Occurred in Kanto, Japan, on May 6, 2012

Fumiaki Kobayashi and Mika Yamaji

Department of Geoscience, National Defense Academy, 1-10-20 Hashirimizu, Yokosuka, Kanagawa 239-8686, Japan

Received:
June 30, 2013
Accepted:
November 18, 2013
Published:
December 1, 2013
Keywords:
tornado, supercell, radar echo cell, CG lightning, Doppler radar
Abstract

The features of parent clouds of tornadoes generated in north Kanto, the middle of Honshu, on May 6, 2012 are discussed from the viewpoint of CG lightning. Cumulonimbus clouds (radar echo cells) that caused tornadoes had a peak lightning frequency of 20 strikes/min before the tornado generation. The number of lightning strikes decreased and positive lightning increased during the tornado generation. Cells that generated tornadoes were frequent lightning cells among echo cells generated around Kanto on that day, and long-landing and high-frequency lightning cells included mesocyclones in the clouds. The features of cumulonimbus with the potential to generate tornadoes are clarified.

Cite this article as:
Fumiaki Kobayashi and Mika Yamaji, “Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Features of Tornadic Storms Occurred in Kanto, Japan, on May 6, 2012,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.8, No.6, pp. 1071-1077, 2013.
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