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West Central Florida Real Time Lightning Display

There are multiple ways you can view current lightning activity:

Wide Area Strike Probe Screen for West Central Florida

  • Our site along with 13 other Nexstorm powered sites here in Florida all share data with the StrikeStar Network. By triangulating the strikes heard in that data by so many sites in Florida, a extremely accurate location and intensity map of those strikes can be produced.

  • Astrogenic's Wide Area Strike Probe (WASP2) software using data from the StrikeStar Network produces this image. This map with doppler radar overlay is updated every minute.

  • You can manually reload this page for the latest, or your browser will auto-refresh every 2 minutes.

  • Our sensor, at the "+", is in New Port Richey, Florida at 28.15.55N 82.41.20W around 20ft AGL.

  • The hardware we use is a Boltek LD-250 Lightning Detection System. The LD-250 model does not provide strike classification, so all strikes seen will appear as negative cloud to ground hits.

Some details about the hardware that powers this system and its installation...
LD250
LD250 brain box: Processes strikes heard by the sensor antenna and processes that information into a usable stream of serial data. We use a Lantronix WiBox to get this serial data from a location away from any electrical generated noise in our back yard to the server running Nexstorm over 300ft away. This also provides for isolation, with the antenna being 20ft in the air. The LD250 and WiBox are actually solar & battery powered.
GPS Antenna
GPS Antenna: Receives time from the atomic clocks on the GPS satellites giving accurate time stamps of the strikes heard for StrikeStar.
Boltek Antenna
Sensor Antenna: Listens for broadband noise, the same heard on AM radio during a storm. This dual loop antenna is essentially a direction finder.
Outdoor antenna mount
Our Installation: This shows our home brewed PVC pipe antenna mount & protector. It's painted light brown to blend in with rest of the back yard.

Some very important lightning facts that you may not know...

  • If you can see it or hear it, lightning can hit you. Find shelter now.

  • Lightning is the No. 2 weather killer in the US (behind floods).

  • Every 5 seconds between flash and boom is a mile's distance from you.

  • Under ideal conditions, lightning's thunder can be heard 12 miles away.

  • Lightning is really no wider than a few inches.

  • All thunderstorms produce lightning.


These images are not to be used for protection of life and property!


This detector covers a large area of Central Florida. Including Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Desoto, Hardee, Polk, Lake, Sumter, Hernando and Citrus Counties. The range goes beyond these areas, however is still limited to an effective 250 mile radius.


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