Lightning strikes map in Google Earth

We recently came across this article which talks about a study that uses lightning monitoring to better predict the weather. The study used data from the University of Washington based World Wide Lightning Location Network (WWLLN), which gathers information about lightning strikes around the world using a network of ground based censors. The WWLLN website shows animated maps of recent lightning strikes, but also provides this KML file which shows 1 hour of global data ending 6 hours ago in Google Earth.

One thing I have personally noticed while living in Cape Town is how rare lightning is here compared to Zambia. This observation is borne out by this map that Frank put in Google Earth back in 2006 using a NASA created map.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. http://David%20Schilling says

    Thanks… Interesting stuff. btw…
    “Lightening” = process of making something lighter.
    “Lightning” [without an E]=abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or from cloud to earth accompanied by the emission of light.

  2. http://Ginger%20Hammer says

    how do you turn off red alert area in lightning strike map



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