Suggestion: Lightning Alert distance filter

In a future version of the app, it would be nice to filter the lightning alert push notifications by distance. I’d like to only receive alerts for a lightning within a certain distance of my location (<10 miles maybe) instead of anything in a 22 mile radius. Otherwise I get alerts for storms that I don’t care about.

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This is a good alert and living and working outdoors on our ranch I certainly want to know about approaching or close lightning. However we have been getting pop up alerts on our iPhone for 22 miles away which to me seems a bit irrevalent. Can this parameter be changed to something more like 10 miles in the app?


The Franklin lightning chip being used is an imprecise device. I have another company’s device based on this chip that will tell me that a strike is 22 miles out…when the thunder crash from a hit in my yard practically broke my windows. Long story short, the lightning detector should not be used for anything but an alert to look at an alternate weather source for storm info…


As @vreihen noted, the Franklin Lightning sensor inside the AIR is pretty good at detecting general lightning activity in your area, but should not be considered a super accurate lightning detector (like the $1000+ systems). It is designed to report strikes in your area and approximate distance. Most of the time it works great ! There is some directional variance, so experiment with rotating the position of your AIR device.

As for customizing alerts – we use the IFTTT service to accomplish this. IFTTT allows for massive customization of alerts, actions, reactions, etc. See for more information. Over time, we can create an unlimited number of “Applets”. Check it out.


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