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Lightning safety awareness week: Local lightning detection

June 27, 2014 - 11:33 AM
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Chief Meteorologist Doug Hill discusses lightning detection and how it can help keep you safe from approaching storms.

A few local golf courses have lightning detection systems, including Congressional Country Club, which is hosting Tiger Woods tournament the Quicken Loans National. With vivid lightning displays the other night which featured plenty of dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning, we wanted to re-post a video from our Surviving Severe Weather Special that aired last summer.

For your own lightning detection needs, there are a few places you can go. First, you can always download our Stormwatch 7 mobile app to your phone, which will send you a message if a dangerous thunderstorm is approaching. You can also check everything from our daily forecast, to our blogs and a radar map.

Another good app to have is the WeatherBug app, which has a an embedded feature showing you how close the nearest lightning strike is to your location. As of Noon on Friday when I wrote this blog, the closest strike was 332 miles away from my location. I think I am safe.

There are a few other places online you can go before heading out the door. Of course you can check our Live Doppler radar, but you can also check these lightning detection sites too.

Lightning Detection Map

D.C. Area Lightning Mapping Array


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