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  • Location: Falmouth, Cornwall
  • Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

    I have picked up several sites that detect lightning strikes. However, some appear to be more accurate than others.

    For instance...

    last night this one http://www.upminsterweather.co.uk/test/live_lightning.htm showed a storm over my area in the lower half of Cornwall, but we had not a storm cloud in site. None of the other sites showed this, but all of their data seemed to differ from each other.

    I can understand that there must be occasional interference, and that the detectors must pick up signals produced by stuff other than actual lightning, but surely there must be one out there that is more reliable than most?

    So, what I'd like to ask is: which ones do you rely on personally (if any), and could anyone kindly provide me with links to good sites?

    Thank you :angry:

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  • Location: Aviemore
  • Location: Aviemore

    The netweather lightning detector will go live next week, it's not reliant on a single boltek machine like most of the other detector sites so is far more accurate. The Boltek detectors are good for their local areas, but lose accuracy at any range as they rely on software to 'guess' the location of the strikes.

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  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Location: Worcestershire
    The netweather lightning detector will go live next week, it's not reliant on a single boltek machine like most of the other detector sites so is far more accurate. The Boltek detectors are good for their local areas, but lose accuracy at any range as they rely on software to 'guess' the location of the strikes.

    Yes indeed, i think is a range of 100-150 miles isnt it for their accuracy outside that they can be anything up to 100 miles out.

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  • Location: Aviemore
  • Location: Aviemore

    I wouldn't even say that far out to be honest, it all depends on the conditions at the time, interference plus of course how well calibrated they are.

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  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Location: Worcestershire
    I wouldn't even say that far out to be honest, it all depends on the conditions at the time, interference plus of course how well calibrated they are.

    I carnt understand why some bolteks on the internet show the 600 mile radius when they are completely out? The new net weather system sounds interesting triangulating returns from lots of detectors, that will be very accurate. :angry:

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  • Location: Aviemore
  • Location: Aviemore

    It will be free for the main detector, although radar subscribers will be able to overlay the lightning onto the 15 minute radar too :angry:

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  • Location: SE Asia
  • Location: SE Asia
    It will be free for the main detector, although radar subscribers will be able to overlay the lightning onto the 15 minute radar too :)

    Excellent Paul. Any chance of a few cheeky screenshots of it in test (if you've got it working) today for the extra subscribers?

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  • Location: Redhill, Surrey
  • Location: Redhill, Surrey
    You may even have a working version today if all goes ok :)

    That would be great! you do spoil us Paul :)

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  • Location: Aviemore
  • Location: Aviemore

    You'll find a sferics button on the radar now, it shows small triangles where there are storms - the larger the triange the more intense the storm is (ie the more frequent the lightning is).

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