The arguments and conclusions of the commented Williams and Stanfill article in relation to the validity of the thermal and aerosol hypotheses advanced in order to explain the land-ocean contrast in lightning activity are critically re-examined. This re-examination reveals that the analysis presented by these authors is incomplete, thus weakening the corresponding conclusions. © 2004 Académie des Sciences. Published by Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved.
Pontikis, C., Hicks, E., & Michalon, N. (2004). The physics of thundercloud and lightning discharge. Comment on the note by Earle Williams and Sharon Stanfill The physical origin of the land-ocean contrast in lightning activity. Comptes Rendus - Geoscience, 336(15), 1409–1412. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crte.2004.09.006