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Earth Networks: An In-Depth Corporate Profile (Part 2)
2013-04-05 12:28:30

Part 2 of redOrbit´s exclusive 6-part series Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the first installment of this series, we explored how the Maryland-based company Earth Networks positioned itself as the world leader in ground-based weather sensor data collection through the mass deployment of their weather station sensor network. Typically, private sector weather companies like The Weather Channel or Accuweather rely on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

2013-03-20 23:19:20

System pays for itself with one strike Greenville, NC (PRWEB) March 20, 2013 The Crossett Water Commission in Crossett, Arkansas was faced with an expensive lightning problem. Crossett knew their water plant needed a serious solution after several lightning hits over a period of time cost them more than $40,000 in damage. “We knew we had to put this horse out to pasture,” said Buddy Kinney with Crossett. After searching intensely for the right solution for the water plant,...

New Satellite Will Provide Earlier Storm Warnings And Space Weather Predictions
2013-03-03 06:04:44

[ Watch the Video: Talking Tornadoes with Tim Samaras ] Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On December 26, 2004, we learned of the importance that early warning systems can play in preventing loss of life when the great Indonesian tsunami caught locals and vacationers alike by surprise. In contrast, on March 11, 2011, the early warning system, while unable to prevent tens of thousands of human casualties, was effectively responsible for preventing a greater loss of...

2013-02-11 10:09:13

When talking about lightning, appearances of different lightning which occur along with thunderstorms will emerge in the minds of the people and these lightning occur in the troposphere. However, in addition to lightning in the troposphere, there are kinds of lightning discharges which occur above the thunderstorms. Up to now, lightning discharges above storms include sprite, elves (Emissions of Light and VLF perturbation due to EMP Sources, elves), Blue jet and Gigantic jet etc, and all of...

Study Links Lightning Strikes To Headaches
2013-01-24 13:53:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online For all the advancements that have been made in the field of medical science, there remain a number of mysteries. For instance, doctors and medical researchers are still trying to understand how headaches occur and, equally important, how they can be prevented and treated. Today, researchers from the University of Cincinnati (UC) published a study which claims that one cause of headaches could be lightning, yet another...

Apple Kills Kickstarter Charging Station Project
2012-12-21 12:17:55

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Apple isn´t the only company that wants their customers to buy and use their own, branded accessories. They might be, however, one of very few companies that go out of their way to make sure their customers have only one choice when it comes to these accessories. Apple´s new Lightning connector made waves when it was released in September alongside the new iPhone 5. Since its first unveiling, Apple has been keeping...

NASA Gives Fermi Space Telescope Better Vision
2012-12-06 15:31:34

[Watch Video: Fermi Finds Radio Bursts From Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is new and improved, and ready to start sending back some images of high-energy light mysteriously produced above thunderstorms. The space agency updated the telescope with improved data analysis techniques and a new operating mode to the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) aboard Fermi. This will enable the...


Latest Lightning Reference Libraries

Weather Reference Library
2012-05-10 10:05:27

When we think of thunderstorms we have to remember the deadliest part of those storms and that is the lightning that occurs with them. Lightning is found in many forms. The first type of lightning is known as cloud to cloud meaning that the electric charge travels from one cloud to the other. The second type of lightning is the Cloud to Air meaning the lighting moves from the cloud and enters the clear air of the sky. A third type of lightning is the cloud to ground. This is the most...

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2010-10-21 17:15:50

A lightning rod is a metal conductor mounted on the top of a building and connected through a wire to the ground to protect the building from lightning. The rod should conduct the electricity from a lightning strike down through the wire instead of passing through the building. The rod is just a single component in the lightning protections system along with rooftop conductors and multiple conductive paths. Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod in 1749. The taller the building the...

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2009-07-21 16:27:18

Heat Lightning is actually faint flashes of lightning reflecting outward from distant thunderstorms. These flashes usually do not produce thunder as the storm is sometimes too far away to be heard. The term heat lightning got its name because it often occurs on hot summer nights and does not produce audible thunder. One reason heat lightning can be seen so far away is due to the reflection of the light bouncing off water particles in moist, humid air and as light is scattered throughout the...

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