Thunderstorms are a particularly important weather phenomenon in aviation, not least because of the risk of aircraft being struck by lightning.

Despite precautions, there is also a real chance of lightning strikes affecting air traffic control equipment or buildings. Their electrical charge can disrupt electronic systems or cause physical damage to installations on or around an airfield. When a there is a risk of lightning striking at an airfield, aircraft movements may be suspended temporarily to protect personnel working in the open air.




Source: Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute


downdraughts, hail, icing in cloud and sudden, unpredictable changes in wind direction and strength.

Thunderstorms are a combination of several different weather phenomena. As well as thunder and lightning, aircraft may be affected by strong updraughts and