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Press Release 12-081

Scientists Across U.S. Launch Study of Thunderstorm Effects on Upper Atmosphere

Research examines how thunderstorm structure and cloud chemistry interact

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Photo of lightning and a violent thunderstorm.

Thunderstorms and lightning play a key role in the chemistry of our atmosphere.

Credit: NOAA


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Photo of lightning.

Spring thunderstorms are on the horizon for much of the U.S. midwest and other areas.

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Photo of telephone poles in the foreground with dark clouds in the sky.

Where there are thunderstorms this spring, DC3 scientists will be on the trail.

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Illustration showing the chemistry of lightning and its role in atmospheric processes.

The chemistry of lightning and its role in atmospheric processes is central to DC3.

Credit: NCAR


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Photo of NSF/NCAR's Gulfstream V research aircraft.

NSF/NCAR's Gulfstream V research aircraft will perform much of the high-altitude work in DC3.

Credit: NSF


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DC3 scientists will fly into the hearts of thunderstorms.

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