This is regarding the web story "Andhra Pradesh lightning strikes were not record breaking" (9 May, 2018). The answers by Chief Meteorologist Mark Hoekzema and Jeff Lapierre from the Maryland-based Earth Networks have no substance. Their knowledge about India, especially Andhra Pradesh, seems very limited. I am 67 years old, and from my experience in Nellore town, I found this lightning was not from ages, but fairly recent (5-10 years). Also, the SMS warning is good. It comes around 30 minutes before lightning strikes, though I cannot vouch for their accuracy. By word of mouth, they are fairly accurate. Don't depend on foreign scientists who have not done specific study in a region in India.
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