Lightning strike imagery is useful for identifying where convective activity (i.e., thunderstorms) is occurring, as well as providing some indication of its intensity. There are many other common uses for lightning strike imagery. For public safety officials, lightning strike imagery can be useful for damage assessment and helpful for resource deployment. Utilities companies need lightning data to predict where outages might occur. Lightning is a good indicator of severe weather, but it can also be deadly.
WeatherTAP.com's lightning images depict the location of recent cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, using data from the North American Precision Lightning Network (NAPLN). The data originates from land-based strike sensors located throughout the U.S. The images portray 95% of cloud-to-ground strikes and are updated every 10 minutes. Each strike is depicted by a solid square symbol that changes color to reflect the age of the strike.
All basic WeatherTAP accounts include the complete set of lightning images on the website as well as basic low-resolution lightning data updated every 10 minutes in RadarLab HD+.
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With weatherTAP.com's real-time lightning data, you can overlay real-time lightning strike data on customizable weather maps in our RadarLab HD+ product. View current lightning strikes and real-time, high-res, Level II radar so you can track severe weather to an unlimited number of custom locations. The strike symbol stays the same regardless of zoom size for more precise ground positioning.
- Lightning strike data is updated every minute
- Location accuracy is within 250 meters
- Detection efficiency is 95%
- Strikes are color-coded by age
- Data is provided by the North American Precision Lightning Network
- Covers the continental U.S. and 300 miles offshore
Be confident in your weather decisions by relying on weatherTAP's real-time lightning strike data.
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