#JustCurious: How lightning strikes are monitored
Ever wondered how lightning strikes are monitored? CTV Regina has the answer. (File Photo)
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.
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.