Is Lightning Nearby? WeatherBug App for Android Smartphones Reports Nearest Lightning Strike

New park Lightning Strike Feature Makes WeatherBug the First and Only Android App to Show How Far Lightning is to Your and Your Loved Ones’ Location

Germantown, MD – May 1, 2013 –People have long relied on their eyes to detect lightning strikes and their ears to hear when thunder roars. But if you can see lightning or hear thunder, you may already be in danger. As the severe weather season kicks into high gear for much of the U.S., WeatherBug® is helping Android smartphone users stay safer from dangerous lightning strikes with a new feature called Spark™. 

WeatherBug’s new Spark feature detects both lightning that hits the ground and the majority of lightning in the clouds that you may not even be able to see – what meteorologists call "total" lightning. With Spark, WeatherBug is the only mobile app that delivers minute-by-minute, mile-by-mile lightning strike information – plus all the vital weather information you need to plan your day and Know Before™.

Spark takes a high-tech approach to lightning detection, combining readings from the world’s largest and most advanced Total Lightning Network, cloud computing and the latest smartphone technology to let you know how far away the nearest lightning is to you – whether it’s on the other side of town or thousands of miles away across the country.

Spark – also available on WeatherBug for iPhone --delivers lightning strike information based on your device’s GPS location, your favorite saved locations, or right on the spot where your family are at that very moment, such as a school field or a golf course. To check for lightning where your friends and loved ones are at that moment, simply zoom in on the radar map and press and hold their exact location to get information on Spark lightning alerts and other key weather information. Spark also provides detailed lightning information and recommendations for when to seek shelter and when to stay alert.

Get Spark by WeatherBug:

Install WeatherBug today and find out why tens of thousands of customers have rated it 5 out of 5 stars, calling it “The best of all weather apps” and “Hands down, the best app I've used.” Plan your day and Know Before™ with WeatherBug. Watch the overview video:

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For 20 years, we have been Taking the Pulse of the Planet™ by gathering and analyzing atmospheric observations using the world’s largest weather monitoring and lightning detection networks so our customers can Know Before™. Real-time weather and lightning data – gathered every few seconds from thousands of sensors across the planet – keep consumers, businesses, and governments around the globe informed with neighborhood-level weather intelligence, updated with the most current forecasts, and alerted to approaching severe weather with the fastest alerts. The company’s popular WeatherBug® mobile, desktop and online apps, and website provide local weather, superior forecasts and advanced severe weather alerts to millions of consumers. Earth Networks’ enterprise solutions support utilities, schools, professional sports teams, emergency response crews, government entities and others in safeguarding lives, preparing for weather events, and optimizing business operations. Learn more at Get your weather at Follow Us on Twitter @WeatherBug and Like Us at


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