Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2018

Presentation information

[EE] Oral

P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-EM Solar-Terrestrial Sciences, Space Electromagnetism & Space Environment

[P-EM12] Space Weather, Space Climate, and VarSITI

Thu. May 24, 2018 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM 303 (3F International Conference Hall, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Ryuho Kataoka(National Institute of Polar Research), Antti A Pulkkinen (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), Kanya Kusano(名古屋大学宇宙地球環境研究所, 共同), Kazuo Shiokawa(Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research, Nagoya University), Chairperson:Shiokawa Kazuo(Nagoya University)

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

[PEM12-20] Solar Rotational Cycle in Lightning Activity in Japan during the 18–19th Centuries

*Hiroko Miyahara1, Ryuho Kataoka2, Takehiko Mikami3, Masumi Zaiki4, Junpei Hirano3, Minoru Yoshimura5, Yasuyuki AONO6, Kiyomi Iwahashi7 (1.Humanities and Sciences/Museum Careers, Musashino Art University, 2.National Institute of Polar Research, 3.Teikyo University, 4.Seikei University, 5.University of Yamanashi, 6.Osaka Prefecture University, 7.National Institute of Japanese Literature)

Keywords:Sun-climate connection, Solar rotation, Lightning

Lightning and cloud activities sometimes show a 27-day period, and this has long been studied to uncover a possible important link to solar rotation. Because the 27-day variations in the solar forcing parameters become more prominent when the solar activity is high, it is expected that the signal of the 27-day period in meteorological phenomena will wax and wane according to the changes in the solar activity level. In this study, we examine in detail the intensity variations in the signal of the solar rotational period in lightning/thunder activity from the 18th to the 19th centuries based on the 150-year-long records found in old diaries kept in Japan and discuss their relation with the solar activity levels. We find that the signal of the solar rotational period in the lightning/thunder activity increases as the solar activity increases.