Lightning maps

If you missed G0LRD‘s comment in an earlier post you may want this link that shows lightning activity:

http://www.lightningmaps.org/realtime?lang=en

There are storms in Eastern England and very many over the Alps. Interestingly  the CN8 to OZ path has been open on 6m Es today. Some believe there is a correlation between Es and thunderstorms.

UPDATE 1720z: At the moment, the storms have ended but the lightning map shows a further storm is due to come through. At present it is over the Peterborough area and moving SE. I think it is best to NOT reconnect the antennas today.

UPDATE 1751z: The storm over Peterborough seems to be moving in an easterly direction and may miss our village with luck, although I can now hear distant thunder to the north.

UPDATE 1812z:  The storm is definitely tracking east over the Bedford Levels in the Fens, towards Littleport, so should miss us.  Even so, I’ll stay off air tonight.

UPDATE 2016z:  According to the lightning map, all thunder storms have now died out in the UK. I’ll reconnect antennas in the morning.

Roger Lapthorn, G3XBM, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cambridge, England.

2 Responses to “Lightning maps”

  • Peter kg5wy:

    Thanks for the link. Good info.

  • Duane M Cook NL7X:

    FYI:
    Alaska Fire Service publishes maps of fire strikes throughout the state. There are many detection devices located for use in triangularly tracking strikes to determine if a highly saturated needs further detection through aircraft. A good moral use for drones. Due to our low population, a fire could start and grow to a monster without these devices. I’m sure there must be other states that incorporate similar systems. Especially in the less populated western United States.

    http://afsmaps.blm.gov/imf/imf.jsp?site=lightning

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