A rise in summertime thunderstorms has been ‘robustly connected’ to climate change for the very first time by scientists at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Climate change is also the culprit fueling a host of other weather anomalies that includes longer heat-waves spells, higher pollen counts and urban smog, the scientists say.
Using yearly data from 1979 to 2017, scientists from MIT were able to calculate the change in the amount of electrical energy that can triggers storms across the globe year on year.
They found that the electrical energy that fuels storms rose by 13 per cent within the three decades where as those that cause cyclones dropped by six percent, in line with previous studies on the effects of climate change.
The author of the study Charles Gertler used climate data collected from weather balloons and satellites since 1979 to create a huge grid of temperature and humidity conditions in the northern hemisphere.
Creating an algorithm made of this data up until 2017 with the average summertime temperatures and humidities, Mr Gertler was able to calculate how the energy-mix of the atmosphere changed across the globe at varying altitudes.