Blitzortung Lightning

North America Map

Lightning by Blitzortung network stations

Wisconsin Area Map

Lightning by Blitzortung network stations

Lightning Map Courtesy of hobbyist lightning detection network.
Data supplied by Blitzortung network members using their home-built Blitzortung hardware.

The Blitzortung networks members build (from kit parts) the detector which monitors H-field (and now can do E-field) emissions from lightning strikes, and has a set of servers in Europe to correlate the Time-Of-Arrival at detectors v.s. GPS-time and uses that to locate strikes. There is a great (and somewhat hypnotic) realtime map for North America where you can see real-time strike info, and which stations participated in the location of that strike. There is a companion site that offers the same data and uses a zoomable Google Map for display.

For those interested in more information about Blitzortung, there is a Blitzortung forum in the US at and a public forum .. to access the internal forum, there, you'll need to have a Blitzortung member id.

Athelstane Weather sponsors a detector which is located at my cabin and is part of the Blitzortung network. The station ID is 1177.

Script Courtesy of saratogaWX