MAP Lightning – Predicting risk from lightning strikes by postcode sector

MAP Lightning predicts the path of lighting strikes for the next hour and displays the risk for each postcode sector in the direction of travel. Risks are updated every minute as new real time strike data is imported and the algorithm takes into account the historic strike density per km2 and increase/decrease in strikes over the preceeding 15 minutes.

Key features of the service

  • Uses real-time lightning strike data updated every minute

  • Predicts the path of strikes using a wind speed and direction forecast

  • Predicts the risk for each postcode sector

  • Takes into account the rate of strikes and the historic 10 year strike density for each 1km2

  • Mobile app (iPhone and Android) provides warnings of local risk

Key features of the dashboard

  • Aged lightning strikes over the past 12 hours

  • Access to real time and historic strike data

  • Lets the user see the same display as seen on the mobile apps

  • Show postcode sectors at risk over the next hour. From yellow (low risk) to Red (high risk). Risks dynamically update as new strike data becomes available.

Working with EA Technology and Northern PowerGrid