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Lightning Live

PostPosted: 23 Jun 2014, 18:26
by Yogi
Here are a series of maps that show lightning strikes in real time. It's an amazing sight, and there is even sound to go with it.

http://www.blitzortung.org/Webpages/ind ... &page_0=30

Re: Lightening Live

PostPosted: 24 Jun 2014, 12:16
by Ice.Maiden
Blimey - that's amazing Yogi. How did you find that?

Re: Lightening Live

PostPosted: 24 Jun 2014, 17:58
by Yogi
I have my fingers in various parts of the Internet. Once in a while something outstanding is discovered.

Re: Lightning Live

PostPosted: 25 Jun 2014, 15:38
by Ice.Maiden
I mean - do you look at weather patterns in general, or did you just come across it? I had a great time looking at where lightning was striking in real time, and saw that parts of Europe were being zapped continuously. Loved it - thank you.

Re: Lightning Live

PostPosted: 25 Jun 2014, 16:50
by Yogi
I have some good weather sites bookmarked and I use some software called Earth Alerts to see what is happening around the world as far as natural disasters are concerned. This particular site about lightning was posted on Pinterest of all places. You never know where you will find a gem of a web site.

Re: Lightning Live

PostPosted: 26 Jun 2014, 05:18
by Ice.Maiden
I'd never heard of Earth Alerts before. That's brilliant. I've just been on the beta site and looked at volcanoes which need keeping an eye on. Thanks Yogi.

Re: Lightning Live

PostPosted: 26 Jun 2014, 07:48
by Yogi
There are websites devoted to specific types of natural events, some not weather related. There is the National Hurricane Center for example, as well as sites to track active volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Earth Alerts covers them all in one package.

Re: Lightning Live

PostPosted: 26 Jun 2014, 15:43
by Ice.Maiden
Do you think that by looking at possible catastrophes we have a morbid fascination for these sort of things, or is it sensible to be aware of them?? : )

Re: Lightning Live

PostPosted: 28 Jun 2014, 17:32
by Tomsk
Very interesting and fascinating,
People who have been struck by lightning have a very negative experience which sounds obvious but there is nothing positive about it,,, :think:

Re: Lightning Live

PostPosted: 28 Jun 2014, 17:47
by pilvikki

tom! :groan2:

I used to check the earth alert and then decided to :tiptoe:

Re: Lightning Live

PostPosted: 28 Jun 2014, 18:08
by Ice.Maiden
Ah - I see you've both looked in on the thread.

Awful puns T!!!

It was brilliant watching the lightning strikes in Europe Vikks. Well - all of them, but you had quite a few your way.

Re: Lightning Live

PostPosted: 02 Jul 2014, 09:17
by pilvikki

speak of the devil and...

it's pretty funny to see clear sky out of my window, yet hear the thunder rolling somewhere out of sight.

:dance:

Re: Lightning Live

PostPosted: 02 Jul 2014, 18:43
by Ice.Maiden
You can do a rough estimate of how far away from you a storm is. If you count in seconds from when you first see lightning to hearing a clap of thunder, then divide it by 5, you get the approx. distance from you in miles.