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Thread #36608   Message #3806218
Posted By: gnu
22-Aug-16 - 02:35 PM
Thread Name: What's the weather like where you are?
Subject: RE: What's the weather like where you are?
Sorry if I posted this before. Exciting news for me.

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On Wednesday, August 10, 2016 8:03 PM, RCDF / CLDN (EC) wrote:

Hello Gary,

Thanks for your email and so sorry for the delay in responding.

I do understand your concerns for the large red circles. It's a safety factor. The problem is one can't zoom in on the map. But we are working on that! We hope to have a geospatial map which one can zoom in to a specific location for next season. The danger circles will then be a more appropriate size and reflect the danger of lightning in the area. This will include not only direct strike but also ground current, side flash and upper leaders.

Researchers have found that the next lightning strike will occur within 10 km and within about 5 to 10 minutes of the initial strike. A web map would reduce the size of the danger circles to 10 km.

We are trying to promote lightning safety. I'm afraid too many people ( my colleagues too) think we can dance around the lightning strikes. There was a man mowing his lawn in Ontario. He only had 4 more passes with his push mower before he was finished mowing his lawn. Unfortunately lightning struck and killed him. This is our first and hopefully only lightning death this year.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Kind Regards,
Lyn Mainwaring
Meteorologist - Canadian Lightning Detection Network National Service Office - Natural Resources Meteorological Service of Canada
1238 Discovery Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V9
Tel # 250-491-1514
"When thunder roars, GO INDOORS!"
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