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Lightning recorders

  • Added 18 Feb 2016
  • Updated 12 Jan 2017

Lightning is the discharge of electricity from thunderstorms. Ground strikes can cause significant damage to property and infrastructure, and injure or kill people and livestock. Lightning is often associated with other severe weather events, such as strong wind gusts. Thunderstorms may increase in frequency and intensity with climate change.

This dataset shows the location of sensors in the New Zealand Lightning Detection Network (NZLDN), run by MetService.

Sensors around the country detect lightning over the New Zealand land mass and a short distance out to sea. These sensors detect very accurately the electrical discharge, location, and time, as well as noting other parameters such as current strength. The NZLDN records both cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground strikes.


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1. Data quality information for Lightning recorders 188 KB pdf


TagsCLIMATE-AND-WEATHER, HAZARDS-Severe-local-storms, New Zealand, CLIMATE-AND-WEATHER-Extreme-weather-events, Environment Aotearoa 2015
RegionsWhataroa, Te Anau, Inland Water-Lake Te Anau, Waiho, Auckland, Carterton District, Tasman District, New Plymouth District, Dunedin City, Far North District, Gisborne District, Waimakariri District, Christchurch City
MetadataISO 19115/19139, Dublin Core

Technical Details

Layer ID 53312
Data type Vector point
Feature count 10
Attributes Abbrv, Site_Name, Region, MapNo, lat, long
Services Vector Query API, Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W), Atom Feed


Added18 Feb 2016
Revisions 6 - Browse all revisions
Current revision Imported on Feb. 18, 2016 in NZGD2000 / New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000.
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