National Lightning Detection Network

Vaisala's U.S. National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN) is the most scientifically accurate and reliable lightning information system, monitoring cloud-to-ground lightning activity across the continental United States, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Key Applications for NLDN Lightning Information
  • Weather forecasting: Help predict severe weather for public warning
  • Electric power utilities: Pre-position field crews for approaching storm threats and to improve engineering and design with lightning analysis
  • Air traffic control: Re-route aircraft around hazardous thunderstorms
  • Airports: Suspend high-risk activities like fueling during lightning threats
  • Insurance and arson: Investigate lightning as the cause of property damage or fire
  • Power-sensitive manufacturing and processing operations: Prepare for storm-caused power outages by switching to back-up power early
  • Hazardous materials handling: Warn personnel working near explosives and flammable materials to evacuate
  • Forestry: Dispatch crews to suspected fire starts for more successful initial attack
  • Golf and outdoor recreation: Warn players to seek safety from storms
  • Launch facilities: Monitor for safest weather conditions for shuttle and satellite launches
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