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Total Lightning Network


Researchers have long known that in-cloud lightning often serves as an early indicator of extreme weather – from heavy rain and hail to dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and tornadoes. Understanding the enormous value that total lightning data could bring to advancing weather monitoring and alerting, Earth Networks launched the Total Lightning Network in 2009. 

Over the past five years, the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network™ (ENTLN) has expanded to cover large areas of North and South America, India, Africa and Australia – providing data on storm formation and intensity to help to protect lives and livelihoods around the globe. With more than 800 sensors that monitor lightning in real time deployed, the ENTLN is the world's largest lightning sensor network.

The Earth Networks Total Lightning Network incorporates advanced sensors and patent-pending technology to detect both in-cloud (intracloud) and cloud-to-ground lightning on continental scales. Data from the ENTLN are currently being used by a variety of government agencies, such as the National Weather Service, the Air Force Weather Agency, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility and organizations that include public safety and emergency response agencies, airports, and utilities.

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Application & Benefit

Lightning sensors at schools, parks, stadiums, golf courses and other locations are helping to ensure safety and provide peace of mind. When lightning nears, outdoor sirens blast and WeatherBug mobile alerts warn of danger – keeping students safer in places like Lee County, Florida, and communities such as Tenafly, New Jersey.

Powered by our Total Lightning Network, the Early Warning System (EWSdelivers weather monitoring, nowcasting and early warnings of severe weather, high winds, floods and drought conditions at a fraction of the cost of radar.

Total lightning detection makes it possible to deliver our exclusive Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs). DTAs are issued automatically to WeatherBug app users and enterprises across many industries – including schools and universities, sports and recreation, emergency response, aviation and more – wherever and whenever the weather plays a key role in safety and operations.

Spark, exclusively from WeatherBug, turns your smartphone into a personal lightning detector by providing minute-by-minute and mile-by-mile mobile lightning proximity updates and alerts. Spark taps into our Total Lightning Network to provide the most comprehensive lightning detection and alerts available.