2019 lightning record set on France's stormy Friday
... but the number of lightning strikes was still way below the overall high set in 1999
A tornado that injured damaged properties in northeast France and injured 16 people in neighbouring Luxembourg on Friday caught the headlines - but it was just the start of a record-breaking day for the weather in France.
A 2019 lightning record was set in France on Friday. The Keraunos storm monitoring observatory detected 85,217 flashes on Friday, beating the year's previous high of 73,700 - set on July 6.
Ce vendredi a été très orageux entre #Aquitaine, #Occitanie, #Bourgogne, #Champagne et #Lorraine : 85.217 #éclairs détectés, ce qui fait de ce 9 août la journée la plus électrique de 2019 en France ! La #Marne en tête (17.202 éclairs) #foudre #orages pic.twitter.com/HXKyDkD0cD— Keraunos (@KeraunosObs) August 10, 2019
In 24 hours, from noon on Friday, August 9, to noon Saturday, August 10, Météo France's Météorage network recorded 146,242 electrical discharges over France.
A 'flash' refers to any electrical activity in the air. Météo France also records "cloud-to-ground lightning flashes", or lightning strikes. It counted 10,000 strikes on Friday - a significant figure, but well below the one-day record of 60,335 strikes set on August 6, 1999.
Retour sur les #orages du vendredi 9 août#Foudre : plus de 10000 impacts en 24h#Pluies intenses : 67mm à St-Julien (Jura), 58 à Arbent (Ain) et Alpuech (Aveyron)#Rafales orageuses : 154 km/h à Volmunster (57), 129 à St-Côme-d'Olt (12), 119 à Tanus (81), 107 à Fontannes (43) pic.twitter.com/UdUPzqTEgM— VigiMétéoFrance (@VigiMeteoFrance) August 10, 2019
There are an average of 470,000 lightning strikes a year in France, according to the national forecaster.
Météorage has not revealed the number of strikes in France so far this year, but it has revealed that the figure so far is well down on a record-breaking 2018, when nearly 725,000 impacts were recorded - including 182,127 in May alone - the highest number in 30 years.
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