Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Integration of lightning and precipitation data for land management agencies
Exhibit Hall B (Ernest N. Morial Convention Center)
Land management agencies rely on lightning information to predict the potential for fire starts and to make decisions regarding the pre-positioning of monitoring and initial attack resources. The potential for fire starts due to lightning is dependent on fuel type and moisture as well as the location of cloud to ground lightning strikes relative to storm precipitation core. Traditionally, lightning data and WSR-88D reflectivity based products have not been merged into a single display so that direct correlation could be accomplished by fire managers. The Pocatello, Idaho office has developed a webpage display that allows the direct correlation of radar and lightning data and made it available to local interagency fire centers.