Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2019

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[E] Poster

M (Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary) » M-IS Intersection

[M-IS05] New technologies to monitor thunderstorm and severe weather activities

Tue. May 28, 2019 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall8, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Mitsuteru Sato(Department of Cosmoscience, Hokkaido University), Yukihiro Takahashi(Department of Cosmosciences, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University), Hisayuki Kubota(Hokkaido University), Kozo Yamashita(Ashikaga University, Department of Engineering.)

[MIS05-P04] Monitoring for lightning activities and thunder cloud development over the Tokyo metropolitan area during the 2018 summer

*Jun-Ichi Hamada1, Jun Matsumoto1, Kozo Yamashita2, Masashi Kamogawa3, Yukihiro Takahashi4 (1.Faculty of Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 2.Department of Engineering, Ashikaga University, 3.Department of Physics, Tokyo Gakugei University, 4.Department of Cosmosciences, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University)

Keywords:Lightning, Heavy rainfall

In order to monitor lightning activities and development of thunder cloud, we have established an observational network with electromagnetic and electrostatic field measurements over the Tokyo metropolitan area since 2016. In the summer season of 2018, we observed atmospheric electrostatic field with the electric field monitor (BOLTEK ELF-100) at Hachioji campus of Tokyo Metropolitan University and the surrounding area. Lightning activities were measured with ELV-VLF band radio observation system at a few sites in the area. We also used the worldwide lightning location network (WWLLN) data to indicate temporal and spatial variations of lightning and the climatological characteristics over the area. Lightning observations showed clear intra-seasonal variations of lightning activities over the area during the summer. Significant lightning events at around Hachioji were observed in 6th, 13th, and 27th of August as a synoptic frontal system located in the north from Kanto area. The electrostatic field measurement at Hachioji detected frequent lightning events and developing/approaching of thunder cloud near the site in these days. At the presentation, we will introduce more detail observation results on thunder cloud developments based on the XRAIN (eXtended RAdar Information Network) observation data.

This work was partly supported by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under SATREPS.