Understanding bushfire-triggered thunderstorms may save lives

6 Jan 2020
Thunderstorm
A fire observed on the southern Darling Downs (5 Dec 2016). The bushfire is on the right, with the thunderstorm it triggered on the left.

Researchers say a better understanding of the dangerous yet surprisingly common phenomenon of wildfires triggering supercell thunderstorms could reduce risk to life and property.

A thunderstorm generated by a New South Wales wildfire reached a height of 12.7 kilometres, according to an analysis involving University of Queensland, Bureau of Meteorology and Monash University researchers.

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