The familiar Florida summertime clap of daily thunder signals to the kids playing ball outside that it is time to go inside for a bit. Any U.S. Gulf Coast kid knows when the thunderstorm clouds roll overhead to get to shelter—fast--- because next to come are the threatening lightning strikes. While the lightning is a dangerous concern, the invisible pollution dangers from thunderstorms may be even worse than the lightning strikes.
The Mercury Deposition Network has evaluated rainwater nationwide for twenty years. It has puzzled analysts as to why the mercury levels were persistently so much higher in the southeast, especially in the Gulf Coast states of Florida and Louisiana, than those of northern states.Read More