Storms blamed for rural ozone

Authors

  • Anonymous


Abstract

When cities bake in the summer heat and polluted air blankets the ground, thunderstorms are a welcome relief. They cleanse the air, at least temporarily. Convective storms suck pollutants from the surface and loft them high into the troposphere. But scientists flying through clouds have found that the storms are actually accelerating the formation of ozone, worsening air quality over large areas and increasing the greenhouse effect.