Some of you more ‘advanced’ users may have found your way to the Station Status page. Use this page to see a wealth of diagnostic data about your smart weather station. Couple ways to find it:
- App > Settings > Stations > [select station] > Status
- smartweather.weatherflow.com Click the green dot “online” status indicator near bottom right of your weather page.
And some may have noticed the row called Sensor Status with “LIGHTNING_DISTURBER”.
Your AIR is equipped with the Franklin Lightning detector which is designed to alert home users when lightning activity is in the area. It detects both cloud-to-ground and cloud-to-cloud lightning strikes by sensing electromagnetic pulses. While it is not powerful enough to detect each and every strike, it does a pretty good job alerting when storms are in your area. It can also approximate the distance by virtue of signal strength.
Most home owners live in an environment with lots of electrical activity. In an attempt to squelch alerts from non-lightning electromagnetic pulse (such as large electrical appliances, overhead power lines, outdoor speakers, air conditioning units, etc) the Franklin detector has a set of onboard algorithms to inspect the electromagnetic pulses and disqualify the pulses that do not resemble lightning. These disqualified pulses are captured and noted as “LIGHTNING_DISTURBERS”.
While the little Franklin Lightning detector inside the AIR is pretty cool, it’s not meant to replace more powerful and sophisticated (and expensive!) lightning detection hardware like those used by professional lightning detection networks. See http://en.blitzortung.org/live_lightning_maps.php if you want to be enlightened.