Chasing Thunderstorms At Night

July 29, 2015 - How and why nighttime thunderstorms form is still a mystery. They occur in a layer of the atmosphere that scientists haven't been able to study easily. Usually, the atmosphere is more stable after the sun goes down, but on the Great Plains, many summer storms form after sunset and can be severe. Now about 200 researchers and students with the Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) project are attempting to learn more about these storms and improve forecasting.

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"Chasing Nighttime Thunderstorms, Trying to Crack Their Mysteries"