Tumamoc Talks- The Science and Wonder of Arizona Lightning

Photo of Ron Holle


5:30 to 6:30 p.m., April 18, 2024

Tumamoc Talks bring together University of Arizona research to the greater Tucson community. 

Arizona and the University of Arizona are special places for lightning. We recently published a Springer Press book titled ‘Flashes of brilliance: The science and wonder of Arizona lightning’. This is the first book on the full range of lightning topics in Arizona across many disciplines.

Lightning has been a fascination for Arizona Native Americans and the public for generations, and the lightning phenomenon in Arizona, including the Grand Canyon, has features that are unique in the U.S. Arizona is also the lightning photography capital of the U.S. When, where, and how much lightning occurs during the short monsoon season will be reviewed, along with its impacts on people and property in the state. We will also review how the development in the 1970s of real-time ground-based lightning detection was invented based on research at the University of Arizona. The impact of this success now accounts for lightning detection applications around the world.

Our speaker:

Ron Holle is a meteorological consultant in Oro Valley, Arizona. Ron has worked extensively in meteorological education issues, particularly those relating to lightning safety and the demographics of lightning victims and damages around the U.S. and other countries. He has authored or co-authored 80 formally reviewed papers, 20 books and book chapters, and 360 informal papers. He is a member of the U.S. National Lightning Safety Council and serves on the Executive Committee of the African Centres for Lightning & Electromagnetics Network (ACLENet). He was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2009.

Tumamoc Talks are located at the Boathouse at the base of Tumamoc Hill. 

Learn more and RSVP at tumamoc-hill@arizona.edu.