Talk:Lightning detection

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External links[edit]

Re: External Links, I suggest adding the following page: "Live European Lightning" from blitzortung.org 83.76.150.132 (talk) 05:20, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Link to world map is on the list; that has links to regional maps. -- Beland (talk) 18:21, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Professional detectors[edit]

Hi, all. I am a friend of a professional meteorologist who has done extensive work in the area of lightning detection, in fact has designed commercial lightning detection products. I'm also interested in lightning phenomena and asked my friend to look at Wikipedia's lightning detection entry. We observed that (this) current Wiki page lacks a section on professional lightning detection products, which are quite a bit more capable and reliable than the personal devices. I suggested we update the page. My friend is busy and does not have the time to learn how to update Wiki pages. I have a more flexible schedule and am more comfortable with using internet-based tools, so I suggested that if my friend provided the material I would be willing to perform the update. I have read the Wikipedia guidelines, and with particular care read those regarding conflicts of interest and original research. I think I understand them and I intend to avoid transgressions.

Therefore, we plan to add a new section about professional-quality lightning detection technology. The basic material has already been written; we are working now to find appropriate citations and references.

- Soargain (talk) 19:22, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

The section you added reads like an advertisement for the products of Airborne Research Associates Inc. Most of the listed patents (an odd thing in itself) are currently held by that company. Perhaps you could demonstrate some impartiality and a lack of bias by including the products of other manufacturers, such as Boltek, et al. 203.86.206.206 (talk) 03:02, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

At long last, the above work has been completed and the material added. Bonus: I also added a section on lightning range estimation. Enjoy!

- Soargain (talk) 22:03, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

directionality of radio detection?[edit]

don't the lightning detectors on aircraft give a readout of direction as well as distance? 80.177.58.134 (talk) 15:38, 5 October 2009 (UTC)


Name change?[edit]

I think that the name of this article should be changed to "Lighting detector" because it is about those, not the detection. Also, please correct me if this is not the right format, as this is my first time using a talk page.

--Helloholabonjournihaonamastegutentag (talk) 22:22, 5 March 2015 (UTC)


Smartphone as a lightning detector[edit]

I'm obviously not suggesting using the phone itself as a lightning detector but in the age of smartphones there are apps such as Blitzortung Lightning Monitor that fetches data from blitzortung.org and alerts you if there's a lightning strike within a certain radius. I'm not sure if it qualifies for being added to the article because again the phone itself isn't a lightning detector. The biggest advantage would of course be the price; most people already have a smartphone so they wouldn't need to buy anything new. Downside would be that if there's some connection issues or you run out of data, the app would not be able to retrieve the latest data and therefore be unable to warn you. The battery of the phone can also reach zero but that applies to a portable lightning detector as well. As far as efficiency goes, I've no idea so perhaps someone with a bit more expertise in the area could provide information on how the data from blitzortung.org compares to the other alternatives?

37.123.153.177 (talk) 01:50, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

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Sample maps would be neat[edit]

A map showing ground lightening detector coverage around the world would be neat, as would a sample map of strikes generated from lightning detection. -- Beland (talk) 18:22, 5 June 2017 (UTC)