A while ago I mentioned I now have a system which could detect lightning strikes but until last night there had been no opportunity to see how well it works. All that changed as an area of heavy rain and electrical storms swept through this area.
It counts the strikes and works out how far away they are. It also displays whether they are approaching:
or moving away from me.
I really must get round to finding out why the rain gauge on this system
stopped working. Probably some small item lodged in the tipping bucket.
Wow, did the rain come down. My main weather system recorded 20mm (3/4 inch) of rain in 14 minutes - no wonder my lane looked more like a fast flowing river at the time.
As for photographic opportunities. That was a wash out. All I saw was sheet lightning, cloud to cloud above the lowest layer of clouds. There must have been some cloud to ground strikes as we lost electric power for a short while. Probably a strike on the overhead lines which cross the Lincolnshire Wolds.
The unit used is the Ventus W266 weather station.
1 hour ago