Events of summer lightning within the Arctic Circle have tripled since 2010, which is associated with increasing loss of sea ice in the far north and Arctic Amplification feedbacks (mainly rapid warming of northern latitudes), wrote Reuters.
Only a week ago, around 12. July 2021, series of storms swept northward from Alaska, where between 100 – 200 lighting were observed.
If storms like these occurred in mid-latitudes, we probably wouldn’t even notice them, but in one of the coldest regions in the Northern Hemisphere, in the Alaskan Arctic, storm activity had never been observed before.
In August 2019, lightning struck within 60 miles (100 kilometers) of the North Pole, according to scientific data.
Lighting in Alaska and northern Canada during summer heatwaves are moreover linking with the worst wildfires in the region in the last years.
The increase in lighting has resulted in more forest fires in the Russian region of Siberia, too, where is lighting activity more often such as in North-American Arctic.
In late August 2018, even, in southern Iceland occurred tornado /https://www.icelandreview.com/nature-travel-2/tornado-south-iceland-damages-farm//, which is a sign of shifting climate, too. Tornadoes and waterspouts in the Arctic are extremely rare.