Real-time and near real-time lightning data offer important benefits to numerous operational activities such as personnel and equipment safety, immediate causal analysis, rapid deployment, situational awareness and tactical planning. USPLN and NAPLN data consist of comprehensive cloud-ground lightning stroke detections with some cloud flash data. Data is available for almost any size area via the Internet with several format and delivery options to accommodate the needs of all customers and users.
USPLN and NAPLN real-time data are delivered within 1 minute or less from detection, with near real-time options such as 5-minute or 15-minute files. Internet delivery protocols include direct socket connection, HTTP, LDM and FTP. Coverage areas can be as small as 25-mile radius areas to complete regional coverage, such as the US, Canada and Gulf of Mexico. Data content generally consists of the following elements:
Date and time (UTC);
Latitude and longitude (decimal degrees);
Peak amplitude estimate with polarity for cloud-to-ground events (0 value for cloud lightning);
Error ellipse information.
Flexible licensing arrangements include single-user, site-wide, multi-user workstation, and tiered enterprise-wide usage. The ability to archive real-time lightning data as part of an ongoing subscription data service is considered a premium licensing option.
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