Why are there no thunderstorms in the UK?

This question has been going around my head for a while. I’ve been living in England for a year and I rarely saw a flash of lightning once. In Spain, you can see many thunderstorms, especially in summer. So, why are these so unusual in this part of the world?

First of all, we need to understand some concepts: the difference between storm and thunderstorm, how it comes a storm and what triggers thunders and lightning.

What is a storm?

To begin with, the word Storm doesn’t have any unique definition. A storm is a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow1It comes up when there’s a low-pressure system (do you want to experiment with atmospheric pressure? Click here). Continue reading “Why are there no thunderstorms in the UK?”