Lightning Strikes and Kills Ugandan Father and Son

A family of four in Bukamboli village, Uganda, were tragically struck by lightning in their home on Wednesday, February 18. Bukamboli, an Iwemba sub-county in Uganda, was hit with strong storms that released heavy rain and produced severe lightning across the entire region.

A single stroke of lightning killed 32-year-old Alfred Kundu and his 5–year-old son Josy. His wife, Anna Maria Nelina, and their 5-year–old daughter, Patricia Naliaka, sustained burns on their heads and hands from the same lightning strike.

Given the recent availability of real-time lightning strike data in the region, it is our hope that tragedies like this one become a thing of the past. We envision alerting the public to the dangers of lightning via SMS, outdoor horns or other methods to help people stay safer from impending danger.

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Lightning Kills 2 in Brazil

On January 6, 2015, two men were struck by lightning in Embu, Brazil, a rural area just outside of São Paolo. The two men were attempting to take shelter from a violent storm when they were struck and killed. Two additional people were also struck, but fortunately recovered in a local hospital emergency room.

Our network detected lightning as it approached the area:

The storm produced heavy rain with significant lightning. This severe weather incident follows another deadly lightning strike in São Paolo that killed a family of four on a local beach in late December.

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New Partnership with Baron Services for Lightning Data

At the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Meeting and Conference in Phoenix this week, we are announcing our partnership with Baron Services to deliver the most complete and precise lightning strike information to motorists, pilots, boaters and broadcasters across the U.S. and beyond.

“Baron Services switched to Earth Networks after an extended and extensive evaluation of all available lightning data providers. Baron Services found Earth Networks to have excellent lightning detection efficiency and location accuracy, while offering comprehensive lightning detection from the Earth Networks Total Lightning and Global Lightning Networks,” says Baron Services Chief Development Officer Bob Dreisewerd.


Earth Networks and Baron Services are working together to deliver lightning data. Pictured from left to right: Baron Services’ Chief Development Officer Bob Dreisewerd, Baron Servies’ President & CEO Robert (Bob) Baron, Earth Networks’ President & COO Rich Spaulding, and Earth Networks’ VP, International Jim Anderson.

With the new partnership, real-time total lightning data from Earth Networks’ Pulse API data feed will be integrated into Baron Services’ software and systems. Earth Networks patented lightning-based alerts will be implemented in the future. The data, as part of Baron’s full suite of data products, delivers critical weather intelligence that helps ensure public safety and supports critical decision making by aiding everyone from commuters to recreational boaters to pilots. The data will also benefit Baron’s local television broadcast clients as they deliver weather information to over two-thirds of the U.S. population.

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Lightning Kills 4 in Brazil

A violent storm suddenly rolled above the beach at Praia Grande, Brazil, on December 28, catching beachgoers unaware. Tragically, a lightning strike from this storm killed four people on the beach as they huddled to escape the rain under a beach umbrella. This timelapse shows lightning detected by the BrasilDAT Total Lightning Network from Sunday afternoon, December 28, to Monday morning on December 29.

Data gathered from the BrasilDAT network, combined with our automated, lightning-based storm cell tracking and Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (shown as purple polygons) provided detailed information about the thunderstorm’s location, direction, speed, and severity. Combined with alerting capability, this technology can help warn people of severe weather and keep people safer. Worldwide, thousands are killed and seriously injured from lightning strikes every year, which highlights the need for advanced alerting to protect lives and livelihoods.

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National Grid and WeatherBug Team Up

National Grid committed to installing weather stations throughout New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to keep communities safer by providing real-time alerts and forecasts to local officials, first responders and others who require real-time local weather.

Several of the new WeatherBug weather sensors are placed at K-12 schools, such as Gordon Creek Elementary in Ballston Spa, New York. Learn how the school is benefitting from real-time local weather information by watching this short video:

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U.S. Patent for Lightning-Based Weather Alerts

We’re extremely pleased to announce that we received a new patent. The patent is for advanced technology that uses lightning flash rates to track storm cells and issue faster, potentially life-saving alerts — our Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs) that are already available to consumers and professionals — for severe weather. Read more in our press releaseLightning_Johnathan_King (4)

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Detecting Total Lightning in Turkey

Data from our Total Lightning Network is now available to enterprises — including aviation, energy and public safety — in Turkey. Our global network detects both in-cloud (intracloud) and cloud-to-ground lightning on continental scales. The network is also provides insight into storm formation and intensity to help to protect lives and livelihoods.

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Spark of Inspiration

Lightning is beautiful, awe-inspiring and dangerous. It’s also the basis of our innovative technology that alerts everyone — from first responders to families — to severe weather and dangerous lightning strikes.

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Lightning Hits Close to Home

We recently met a woman who was hit by lightning just two miles away from our headquarters. Knowing that her story could help educate many others, she shared what happened on May 27, 2014. This is her story.

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Hot or Not? Our Summer Weather Outlook

Our meteorologists analyzed a range of factors – including ENSO (La Niña/El Niño) patterns, climate models, sea surface temperatures, and other information to develop their 2014 Summer Weather Outlook.

“Last summer, the U.S. experienced above-normal temperatures from Texas across the Rockies to the West Coast, with drought from Texas across the Rockies into southern California,” says Senior Meteorologist James Aman. “For this summer, we see a number of climate factors lining up, pointing to increased chances for above-normal temperatures from Texas and the Southern Plains, across the southwest U.S., and over the entire West Coast. Meanwhile, near-normal temperatures are favored for the East Coast, and below-normal temperatures are favored in the Great Lakes and Northern Plains. In terms of rainfall, much of the nation is favored to have near-normal precipitation, but that will not be enough to break the drought in California and Texas. We will also be watching a developing El Niño that could impact the U.S. later this summer and into fall and winter.”

Read the full forecast on our website or watch the webinar presented by Senior Meteorologist James Aman.

The 2014 Summer Weather Outlook from the Meteorology Team and Earth Networks - WeatherBug

The 2014 Summer Weather Outlook from the Meteorology Team and Earth Networks – WeatherBug

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