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GAI Lightning Ground StrikesEntry ID: gailightn
Abstract: The U.S. National Lightning Detection Network is a commercial lightning
detection network operated by Vaisala Group (LightningStorm.com). A network of
over 100 antennae are connected to a central processor that records the time,
polarity, signal strength, and number of strokes of each cloud-to-ground
lightning flash detected ... over the United States. A combination of time of
arrival and direction finding technology is used to locate the flash. Depending
on the location within the network, Vaisala claims a location average accuracy
of 500 meters, with a detection probability between 80-90 percent, varying
slightly by region. Distribution of this data set is restricted to Earth
Observing System (EOS) affiliated investigators.
Start Date: 1988-01-01Stop Date: 1994-12-31
ISO Topic Category
Access Constraints These data are restricted to collaborators that have a working relationship with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Lightning Group.
Use Constraints These data are restricted to collaborators that have a working relationship with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Lightning Group.
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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Format: ascii
Email: william.koshak at nasa.gov
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Earth Science Office, ZP11 Robert E. Cramer Research Hall 320 Sparkman Drive
Province or State: AL
Postal Code: 35805-1912
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: support-ghrc at earthdata.nasa.gov
320 Sparkman Dr.
Province or State: AL
Postal Code: 35805
Cummins, K.L., et al., 1995: NLDN'95: A Combined TOA/MDF Technology Upgrade of the U.S. National Lightning Detection Network. Intl. Aerospace & Ground Conference on Lightning and Static Electricity, Williamsburg, VA, USA, Sept. 26-28, 1995.
Cummins, K.L., R.O. Burnett, W.L. Hiscox, and A.E. Pifer, 1993: Line
Reliability and Fault Analysis Using the National Lightning Detection Network. Preprints, Precise Measurements in Power Conference, Arlington, VA, Oct. 27-29, 1993.
Cummins, K.L., W.L. Hiscox, A.E. Pifer, and M.W. Maier, 1992: Performance
Analysis of the U.S. National Lightning Detection Network. Proceedings, 9th
International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity. St. Petersburg, Russia. A.I. Voeilkov Main Geophysical Observatory, Karbysheva 7, 194018, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Holle, R. H. and Lopez, R. E, 1993: Overview of Real-Time Lightning Detection Systems and their Meteorological Uses. NOAA Technical Memorandum ERL NSSL-102, National Severe Storm Laboratory, Norman, Oklahoma, October 1993.
Maier, M. W., et al., 1983: Locating Cloud-To-Ground Lightning With Wideband Magnetic Direction Finders. Presented at 5th Symposium on Meterological Observations and Instrumentation. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 11-15, 1983.
Orville, R.E., 1994: Cloud-to-Ground Lightning Flash Characteristics in the
Contiguous United States: 1989-1991. Journal of Geophys. Res., Vol. 5.,
Reap, R.M., D.R. MacGorman, 1989: Cloud-to-Ground Lightning: Climatological
Characteristics and Relationships to Model Fields, Radar Observations, and
Severe Local Storms. Monthly Wea. Review , 117, 518-535.
Vaisala Group Lightning Ground Strikes from the National Lightning Detection Network Data Set Document. MSFC/GHRC Guide Document.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-08-16
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-09-11