S159 Using Sferics Detection to Investigate Storm Development & Lightning Safety

Sunday, 6 January 2019
Hall 4 (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Mariama Feaster, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS; and T. Logan

Using sferics detection, lightning data are collected every five minutes during an impromptu severe storm research field campaign during late May/early June of 2018. The 28 May 2018 case was specifically chosen because of the large amount of observed lightning activity prior to the storm being tornado-warned. The data retrieved from two types of sferics detectors (160 and 500 km detection range) illustrate how the storm evolved while within range of the detectors. In addition, the short range detector data illustrate the evolution of the distance of lightning strikes to determine when it is safe for outdoor activities during an approaching thunderstorm.
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