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.