Skip to main content

Flashes of Brilliance

The Science and Wonder of Arizona Lightning

  • Book
  • © 2023


  • Presents information dispersed across many disciplines

  • Is the first resource book on the full range of lightning topics in Arizona

  • Describes unique features of lightning in Arizona including impacts of the short monsoon season

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this book

eBook USD 19.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Softcover Book USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Other ways to access

Licence this eBook for your library

Institutional subscriptions

About this book

This book is a comprehensive resource on lightning and describes the unique roles which the state of Arizona has with regard to lightning. Not only is it spectacular, it is also admired, feared, and misunderstood, but its knowledge has come of age in the last two decades.

This book describes why Arizona can be called the “Lightning Photography Capital of the U.S.”, how the general public and Native Americans in Arizona have viewed lightning, and when and where lightning occurs and impacts people and resources in Arizona. It contains summaries of interviews with current and former University of Arizona staff who invented real-time lightning detection in the late 1970s and how subsequent lightning research in Arizona has been globally significant. The authors are very well acquainted with and up to date on these topics. The style of this book is active and somewhat scholarly but readable by the nonprofessional with a general interest in lightning.

What is lightning? How does lightning affect Arizona? Why do photographers come to Arizona for lightning photographs? What is unique about Arizona lightning? How is lightning detected in Arizona and around the world? This book tells you answers to these questions.

This book is intended for a broad audience comprised of visitors, interested lay public, a variety of scientific disciplines, media, medicine, lightning safety, and fire weather. It is suitable for readers desiring a general overview of lightning, especially in Arizona, but also for those who want to know specifically about the topic.

Similar content being viewed by others


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Holle Meteorology and Photography, Tucson, USA

    Ronald L. Holle

  • Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center/Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

    Daile Zhang

About the authors

Ronald L. Holle is a meteorological consultant in Oro Valley, Arizona. He has worked extensively in meteorological education issues, particularly lightning safety and the demographics of lightning victims. He has authored or co-authored 80 formally reviewed journal papers, 19 books and book chapters, and 344 informal papers. He worked for NOAA research laboratories in Norman, Oklahoma; Boulder, Colorado; Coral Gables, Florida; and Silver Spring, Maryland, and is currently a consultant to Vaisala in Tucson. He has analyzed cloud-to-ground and in-cloud lightning data from ground-based detection networks as they relate to radar echoes, rainfall, flash floods, and winter weather, as well as compiling lightning climatologies. He participated in meteorological field programs in the USA, Caribbean, and West Africa. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in meteorology from Florida State University and took additional coursework at the University of Miami. Since 2002, Mr. Holle has been on scientific organizing committees for the International Lightning Detection Conferences and International Lightning Meteorology Conferences in Tucson, Helsinki, Orlando, Broomfield, San Diego, and Fort Lauderdale. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the African Centres for Lightning & Electromagnetics Network. He was awarded the STAC Outstanding Service Award of the American Meteorological Society in 2019, elected a fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2009, and received the Dr. T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award from the National Weather Association in 2008.

Daile Zhang is a postdoctoral associate at the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC)/ Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS), University of Maryland. Daile received her PhD degree in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona. In the summer of 2015, she worked as a Giant Leap intern at Vaisala Inc. in Colorado. Her current research focuses on evaluating and assessing lightning data from different lightning locating systems, including ground-based and satellite-based networks. She has been awarded several NOAA grants as the Principal Investigator including the 2020 ROSES call. Daile has taught and given guest lectures for more than 600 undergraduate and 30 graduate students for five different levels of courses. She constructed the online modules for a summer undergraduate course – Weather, Climate and Society at the University of Arizona. In addition, she has advised several undergraduate and high school students for their graduation and semester research projects. Daile serves on the Board of Directors of the African Centres for Lightning and Electromagnetics Network (ACLENet) and is a member of the U.S. National Lightning Safety Council. She also serves on the World Meteorological Organization’s Committee on Weather and Climate Extremes and helped certify two new megaflash lightning records in 2022.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Flashes of Brilliance

  • Book Subtitle: The Science and Wonder of Arizona Lightning

  • Authors: Ronald L. Holle, Daile Zhang

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-19878-6Published: 05 April 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-19879-3Published: 04 April 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 231

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations, 78 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Natural Hazards, Atmospheric Sciences, Environment, general

Publish with us