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Detection Efficiencies and Range Accuracies of Three Portable Lightning Detectors Compared with the National Lightning Detection Network

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Detection Efficiencies and Range Accuracies of Three Portable Lightning Detectors Compared with the National Lightning Detection Network
Washington State Convention Center
Alex J. DeCaria, Millersville University, Millersville, PA; and J. W. Wimer, H. M. Fijalkowski, M. R. Miziorko, and J. A. Limbacher
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Data from three commercial, hand-held, portable lightning detectors were compared with data from the National Lightning Detection Network during two separate thunderstorm events. The detection efficiencies of the portable detectors for cloud-to-ground lighting occurring within 40 miles were near 100%. The ability of the detectors to accurately determine the ranges to the strikes was much lower.