Wednesday, 19 November 2003: 5:00 PM
Lightning detection for Forestry use in Florida
Lightning is responsible for a large percentage of fires in Florida, hence the use of lightning data is important. What is needed most often for fire suppression is data from the previous 12 to 24 h and the location of lightning strikes. Pilots can use this data to search for potential lightning induced wildfires. Due to rising costs and limited availability of real-time lightning data, the Florida Division of Forestry is creating its own lightning detection system in the state. The system consists of 16 lightning detectors, one in each district and one at the state office location. This system gives the Division access to unlimited lightning data in real time and the ability to develop the system to better suit the needs of fire detection and suppression in the state. The advantages and drawbacks of this system will be presented as well as plans for improving the accuracy of the location of lightning strikes.