REGINA -- Perhaps you’ve heard a news report where they mention a certain number of lightning strikes in an area or that it struck a specific place and wondered, ‘How can they tell?’  Rick was #JustCurious.

The short answer is technology.

Environment and Climate Change Canada says they have a network of over eighty lightning detectors across Canada. These units contain sophisticated technology to detect lightning strikes and use triangulators to determine their location.

Lightning detector

A lightning detector. (File Photo)

The system records, counts and plots the number of strikes and the exact location 24/7. In fact, they can even zoom in on an exact spot and determine its location at or within 250 metres.