Lightning Premium Layer: Lightning Flash Rate Density and Real-Time All Clear Alerts

Tomorrow.io Team
Tomorrow.io Team
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Lightning Flash Rate Density

LFDR is a forecasted global parameter essential for Tomorrow.io users to understand potential lightning activity. It predicts the number of lightning flashes per square kilometer every 5 minutes, providing forecasts up to 90 hours ahead. It is important to note that LFDR does not offer real-time data; instead, it is calculated as the ratio of the total number of flashes in a grid cell to the area of that grid cell.

 

Real-Time All Clear Alerts

This feature allows users to visually track the all-clear status for each triggered alert directly on the map. It is especially useful in point locations, cloud-to-ground (C2G), and cloud-to-cloud (C2C) scenarios.

Key Functionalities:

  • Real-Time All Clear Status: Track the all-clear status for each triggered alert in real time. This capability is vital for safety and operational planning in lightning-prone environments.
  • Lightning Alerts Countdowns and Rings: Presented as an additional map layer that can be toggled on through the lightning map layer menu, these visual tools help users monitor the time until an area is considered safe from lightning threats.
  • Location-Based Display: While rings are displayed only for selected locations and become visible at a certain zoom level, the countdown timer is visible at any zoom level, ensuring you have the information you need regardless of your map's scale.
  • Enhanced Countdown Timer: The countdown includes seconds to provide precise information about the remaining time until an area is declared all clear from lightning threats.

 

Activating Lightning Rings on the Map

To activate and view the lightning rings for real-time alerts, follow these simple steps:

1. Access the Lightning Map Layer: Begin by clicking on the lightning map layer on your map interface.

2. Toggle Countdown Alerts: You can activate the alerts by toggling on either the "Cloud to Cloud Countdown Alert" or the "Cloud to Ground Countdown Alert," depending on your needs. You also have the option to activate both simultaneously for comprehensive coverage.

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3. Zoom in to View Rings: Once the alerts are activated, zoom in on the map to see the rings clearly. These rings represent the areas affected by potential lightning activity.

4. Receive Real-Time Notifications: When a real-time lightning notification is issued via your preferred channel of notification (email, SMS, app notification), you will be able to see the countdown directly on the map. This countdown provides a visual representation of the time remaining until the area is clear from lightning threats, enhancing your ability to plan and respond effectively.

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*Please note that new alerts may take up to an hour to be activated.

For a more detailed understanding, please refer to our instructional video on the Lightning Countdown Timer feature:

If you have questions or require assistance, please contact your account manager or reach out to our support team at support@tomorrow.io.

*These features are exclusive to users with access to the Lightning Premium Layer. If you're interested in enhancing the resilience and adaptability of your operations against weather-related challenges, get in touch with our team at sales@tomorrow.io

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