- Fairless Hills Pa - Lightning Data *
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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.
This data should not be used to make decisions involving
the protection of life or property. For information
about lightning safety consult the
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.
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