5.1 GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper Comparison with the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network

Tuesday, 9 January 2018: 8:30 AM
615 AB (Hilton) (Austin, Texas)
Jeff Lapierre, Earth Networks, Germantown, MD

Lightning location systems have shown to be an integral part of weather research and forecasting. The launch of GOES-16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) will provide a new tool to help improve lightning detection throughout the Americas and ocean regions. However, before this data can be effectively used, there must be a thorough analysis of its performance to validate the data it produces. Here, we compare GLM data to data from the Earth Networks Total Lightning Network (ENTLN). We analyze data during the months of May and June of 2017 to determine the detection efficiency of each system. A successful match occurs when two flashes overlap in time and are less than 0.2 degrees apart. Of the flashes detected by ENTLN, GLM detects about 50% overall. The highest DEs for GLM are over the ocean and South America, and lowest are in Central America and the Northeastern and Western parts of the U.S. Of the flashes detected by GLM, ENTLN detected over 80% in the Central and Eastern parts of the U.S. and 10-20% in Central and South America. Finally, we determined all the unique flashes detected by both systems and determined the DE of both systems from this unique flash dataset. We find that GLM does very well in South America, over the tropical islands in the Caribbean Sea as well as Northern U.S. It detects above 50% of the unique flashes over Central and off the Eastern Coast of the U.S. as well as in Mexico. GLM detects less than 50% of the unique flashes over Florida, the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West, and Southwestern U.S., areas where ENTLN performs well.
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