Lightning Detection - report direction heading

It would be great to not only report lightning distance but also a direction heading. That way users could know which direction the lightning is coming from and also - if relevant, be able to decipher if there are multiple storm cells in the vacinity.

Sorry, but the device doesn’t measure the direction.

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I was told by support that a direction reading is beyond the device capabilities however direction heading is something that might be achievable using other means. They suggested I post the idea here to see if it gains some traction.

You could always look at Blitzortung.org - Live Lightning Map. Without that kind of data it is pretty hard to determine if there are multiple storms in your vicinity.

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Aren’t you able to triangulate that from other Weatherflow user’s stations in the area? I agree that having the heading would be beneficial. I realize there are other ways to see where the strikes are, but my preference would be to not have to always go to application specific apps to view things.

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if you have a thunderstorm with a single stroke, yes triangulation could be done. But with active storms, the device only reports the nearest strikes, which might not be the same as seen by different stations. The distance is also pretty inaccurate, which makes it hard to do good triangulation.

If we had a radar feed on app it would be fairly easy and obvious!

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Personally, I just compare what my Tempest gives me for distance and correlate that with radar imagery. It’s not terribly difficult to figure out.

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Even if the detection meaning coming “towards you” or “going away” from would be helpful.

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you get a warning at the first detected strike, and a couple more if it detects those are closer to you (if they are further away, you don’t get a warning), so if that is “coming towards you”, than you are set. Note however that the storm might be going just past you instead of coming directly towards you. The Tempest doesn’t measure the direction of the strikes,

Thanks for the info appreciate it

Use the lightning notification in conjunction with radar. It’s a pretty solid combination.

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It is difficult if there are multiple cells… one that has already passed you by and others that are approaching… it is very helpful to know which direction to know whether coming at you or going away from you… which you may determine after multiple strikes… but to help warn during outdoor activities, direction would be a huge help… especially since can triangulate from other stations (which is also a setting folks could turn off if unwanted.)