Fria Hit By Strong Storms
14 October 2013, 18:30: Late this afternoon the Guinea Meteorological Service was able to issue a Dangerous Thunderstorm Alert (DTA) 20 minutes before a strong storm roared into the city. The DTA issuancewas possible due to the Guinea Total Lightning Detection Network. DTAs warn for frequent lightning, very heavy rain, and gusty winds. rain rates exceeded 80 mm/hr.
The total lightning network allows for the Guinea meteorologists to track strong storms using PulseRad, a simulated radar based on intracloud and cloud-to-ground lightning rates.
The visualization system also shows meteorologists up to the second temperature and rain reports. Temperatures dropped 8 degrees C as the storms approached. Wind gust were recorded around 60 km/hr.