The idea of lightening detection has been tossed around for years. However now thanks to WeatherBug, IntraCloud and Cloud-to-Ground lightening detection provided in a real world network has become a reality.
Why lightening detection is important?
Outside of the obvious, why is there so much interest in being able to detect lightening as it is happening? One of the most critical reasons includes the ability to alert first responders. This is helpful as the lightening detection will also be instrumental in the following areas as well.
- Advance forecasting of Tornadoes
- Prediction of Cloud To Ground lightening which follows in-cloud lightening.
- Enhancing other WeatherBug offerings to better protect WeatherBug users during lightening storms.
More on the technology behind the network.
The WeatherBug Total Lightning Network (WTLN) is effective and unique in itself as it provides the following levels functionality that set it apart from anything else out there.
• Adaptive digital filtering technology to reduce local noise.
• Unmatched network density and redundancy to provide higher
reliability and enhanced lightning detection efficiency and location
• Extensive data capture and delivery methods to provide an
unprecedented amount of data including waveforms for each flash.
• A state-of-the-art high performance network system to enable
scale and data flow efficiencies.
• Sophisticated sensor network administration tools, including
auto-upgradeable firmware, remote system and sensor diagnostics, and
automated monitoring, support and QC systems.
• Storage and access to complete data archives for historical
• Multiple data delivery options to meet customer needs.
• 24x7x365 network monitoring and support.
What does this mean in layman’s terms?
This translates into a detection model that is using thousands of lightning sensors throughout the existing US nationwide WeatherBug network. And once you understand that no one can match this, the obvious value becomes readily apparent. In short, one might compare this to the adoption of a little something that I like to call radar. Yeah, it’s THAT big of a deal!