Explanation of Symbols:

The Boltek Lightning Detector uses Astrogenic Nexstorm Software. It utilizes a single antenna positioning system and therefore is not always precise. Generally, the further away the lightning from the center point, the less accurate the distance estimate. Tracking and storm targeting features provide fairly accurate estimations of actual location and intensity based on analytical processes.

Strike Symbols

New Strikes -- Persist for 60 Seconds
Turquoise X -- Negative Cloud to Ground Strike
Purple Cross -- Positive Cloud to Ground Strike
Green Triangle -- Negative Intracloud Strike
Yellow Inverted Triangle -- Positive Intracloud Stike

Diamond Shaped Dotted Lines Around Strikes -- This is the Thunderstorm Ranging and Acquisition (TRAC) Target feature. It displays probable thunderstorm location and tracks their movement, while analyzing storm trends and characteristics. This is accomplished by correlating the number and timing of closely clustered strikes.

The colors of the Diamond Shaped TRAC target symbols represent the following:
Green -- Weak Storm Strike rate of 1-10 strikes/minute
Yellow -- Moderate Storm Strike rate of 11-49 strikes/minute
Red -- Strong/Severe Strike rate greater than 50 strikes/minute

This is a work in progress and calibration/range adjustments are continuing. It is an experimental site for educational purposes and is not intended for the protection of life or property.

Thanks to Astrogenic Systems for a very powerful software package with excellent documentation and Boltek for an affordable high quality lightning detector.

WASP2 Description

Wide Area Storm Probe 2 is a real-time data viewer and analyzer intended for monitoring lightning activity captured by a StrikeStar Lightning Locator network. The point sources providing this data to StrikeStar are StormTracker and LD250 lightning detectors manufactured by the Boltek Corporation.

 Network Architecture

Lightning strike data, that is detected by different Boltek sensors in a StrikeStar network, is sent over the Internet to a central processing server that triangulates this data in order to determine the approximate geographical position of the lightning discharge. The StrikeStar output is relayed to a companion server application named LDStream, which in turn feeds this data over a TCP/IP based network and serves as a network access point for external client applications.

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