Redshift Observatory Lightning Detection Astronomical Time
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. Currently, I have set the map scale arbitrarily to about a 65-mile radius so as to be more relevant to this observatory and local community. Map scaling is not something the user can do at this time; however, I will periodically change the scale when the weather warrants a different look. Time is MST (-7) / MDT (-6).
The map and data are set to update every 1 to 2 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…
For those who want to compare this data with other “more official” lightning data, check out Lightning.org for real-time data.