Weather Station Hardware => Blitzortung => Topic started by: nincehelser on July 16, 2013, 04:44:15 PM

Title: Blitzortung question
Post by: nincehelser on July 16, 2013, 04:44:15 PM
If I'm understanding Blitzortung correctly, it seems it works best as part of a network, correct?

My question is how well it reports things locally on its own. 

Say, for example, a storm or disaster has knocked out my Internet access.  Will I still get useful data?

Title: Re: Blitzortung question
Post by: DanS on July 16, 2013, 05:49:42 PM
Doesn't that system rely on other Blitzortung users that are on the Internet so your system can triangulate and plot a storm's position against their data? Any Blitzortung system (configured per instructions) alone would detect the lightning but would not be able to determine distance and direction accurately without the other on-line stations.
Hope this is the system you're talking about and if not I apologize.
Title: Re: Blitzortung question
Post by: miraculon on July 16, 2013, 10:40:10 PM
Blitzortung does not attempt to determine distance on its own.

They explain this on http://www.blitzortung.org (http://www.blitzortung.org).
It requires "participation" of four stations for the strike to be mapped on the system. Here is a good explanation of why four stations are required: http://www.scalar.si/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=23&Itemid=71 (http://www.scalar.si/en/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=23&Itemid=71)

Otherwise, the Yellow LED and waveform display are the only local indications of a strike (or noise).