- Fairless Hills Pa - Lightning Data
(60 sec updates)
Real-Time Java Display
WASP2 Networked Lightning Data with NextRad Radar overlay
lightning detection system)
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The data shown on this page is generated from a single lightning detector
installed for use by the observatory. The data from this detector is uploaded to this
webpage as a courtesy and should be considered experimental data. The data is
property of the JAT Observatory and may not be reproduced in any manner without
the expressed permission of the JAT Observatory.
This data should not be used to make decisions
involving the protection of life or property. For information
on lightning safety consult the
Lightning Safety Institute.
The lightning detection system in use by the
observatory is a combination of hardware and software. The
hardware section is a Boltek StormTracker lightning detector.
This consists of the detector that has been placed inside a
PVC pipe, to protect it from the weather.
The directional detector is mounted approx 25 feet above ground level and due north
of the observatory. The detector is connected (via 100 ft of
cable) to a receiver card inside a computer running Windows XP-Pro. The data
from the detector is currently being processed by the
NexStorm software. The
software gathers information about lightning strikes and displays that
data in real-time on the monitor of the local PC. In addition it is configured
to automatically transfer a subset of the data to this webpage in 60 second
intervals as well as providing data to the
StikeStarUS networked lightning
detection system. StrikeStarUS is comprised of approximately 65
lightning detection systems networked together in forming a national
lightning detection network.
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