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.
Data quality information for Lightning recorders
Environment Aotearoa 2015|
Inland Water-Lake Te Anau,
New Plymouth District,
Far North District,
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