Redshift Observatory Lightning Page

This page is dedicated to the Boltek LD350 lightning detector located at Redshift Observatory.  This is a long-range unit which will detect and differentiate cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning strikes up to 300 miles (480 km) from the detecting antenna at the observatory.  With the use of Astrogenic software (StormVueNGX and Nexstorm), near real-time lightning data can be displayed over the internet.  I have set the map scale arbitrarily to about a 125 mile radius so as to be more relevant to this observatory. 

The map and data update every 5 minutes. This screen should automatically refresh every 60 seconds.  Times are in MST/MDT.  Red starred lightning strikes are the most critical and dangerous – they represent positive cloud-to-ground strikes.  Yellow and orange symbols are old strikes that occurred within the last half hour or earlier.  The data below the map contains descriptions of currently active thunderstorms.  If a storm is detected within the displayed map area, it will be identified with a dashed circle with red being the most intense and green the weakest.  During a storm, the data seems to update more frequently than the map.  The display and posting of this data is still a work-in-progress and subject to a good internet connection (not always the case up here in the mountains) so please bear with me…