Journal Highlights

A global lightning parameterization based on statistical relationships between environmental factors, aerosols, and convective clouds in the TRMM climatology

Editor’s Highlight—

Traditionally lightning was considered dominated by thermodynamics. The aerosol hypothesis was a source of long standing debate. This comprehensive study assesses the thermodynamic and aerosol factors and reaches the conclusion that aerosols have greater weight than thermodynamics in determining the lightning activity of convective storms.