Our research is to find out whether the rate of humidity will affect the amount of lightning strikes during a downpour in Singapore. The reason why we decided to research on this topic is due to an article that we chanced upon that was researching about a similar topic to us “The effect of monsoonal atmospheric moisture on lightning ﬁre ignitions in southwestern North America”.
However, the lightning fire data that they obtained were not obtained through experiments or data collection. It was obtained from an official website. As it is obtained from the official website, there might be some alteration to the data. The fire data included the date and the time of the day the fire was first observes and the latitude and longitude of the fire location to the nearest 0.018. Only fires that were caused by natural ignition sources were included in the database
Humidity and precipitation data were obtained online. It is not reliable as the internet information can be easily edited by people who have the access to do so. After being edited, it will not be authentic and reliable anymore. We then decided to change our data collection method, which was to gather data from the weather station, which is more trustworthy than data from the internet.
We have chosen this topic as lightning is one of the most deadly death causes in Singapore. Singapore also has one of the highest lightning rate in the world. With this research, we would be able to spread awareness when the predicted number of lightning strikes would be too high and advise the public to be careful. The topic will also be beneficial to the public as our research will be able to determine the number of lightning strikes by measuring the amount of humidity in the air and thus, informing the public to be aware.