Aerosol pollution interferes with thunderstorm activity, radical weather could cause crop failures
Scientists are finally making inroads into understanding the effect that aerosol particulate matter is having on the way storm clouds form. Recent research has revealed that the tiny pollutants can either inhibit thunderstorms or make them stronger depending on wind shear conditions.
Wind shear occurs when wind begins to change velocity and direction along a wind stream. It is involved in forming storms, tornados, and other weather phenomena. Planes and jets often experience turbulence when there are changes in wind shear.
When wind shear conditions are strong, aerosol pollution impedes the formation of thunderhead clouds. When wind shear is weak, the pollutants actually increase thunderhead development and cause storms to be stronger.
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