Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2019

Presentation information

[J] Oral

M (Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary) » M-IS Intersection

[M-IS27] Atmospheric electricity: Applications toward natural disaster mitigation

Tue. May 28, 2019 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM 202 (2F)

convener:Yasuhide Hobara(Graduate School of Information and Engineering Department of Communication Engineering and Informatics, The University of Electro-Communications), Masashi Kamogawa(Department of Physics, Tokyo Gakugei University), Chairperson:Takeshi Morimoto

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

[MIS27-03] Three-dimensional total lightning characteristics of convective cells observed by the Tokyo LMA in the summer season in Tokyo Metropolitan area

*Namiko Sakurai1, Paul R. Krehbiel2, William Rison2, Ronald J. Thomas2, Daniel Rodeheffer2, Shingo Shimizu1, Koyuru Iwanami1, Takeshi Maesaka1, Kaori Kieda1, Yasushi Uji1 (1.National Research Institute For Earth Science and Disaster Resilience, 2.New Mexico Tech.)


The National research Institute for Earth science and Disaster resilience, Japan (NIED) has observed three-dimensional total lightning with Lightning Mapping Array in Tokyo metropolitan area (Tokyo LMA) since 2017. In this study, we report various total lightning characteristics of convective cells observed by the Tokyo LMA in the summer season. Three convective cells developed at around 14:00 JST on 30 August 2017 in Tokyo. They were located at a short distance each other, and they merged into a multi-cell thunderstorm after a while. The total lightning characteristics of the three convective cells before they merged into the multi-cell thunderstorm are as follows: in one convective cell which was located in the middle of the cells, IC lightning flashes preceded the first CG lightning for about 20 minutes. On the other hand, a CG lightning flash firstly occurred in another convective cell. In the other convective cell, IC lightning flashes predominated. These three cells and the multi-cell thunderstorm had normal tripole structures. In addition, several bolt-from-the-blue were observed in these three cells.