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The U.S. National Lightning Detection Network Database (NLDN)
Entry ID: NLDN

Abstract: The National Lightning Detection Network, NLDN, consists of over 100 remote, ground-based sensing stations located across the United States that instantaneously detect the electromagnetic signals given off when lightning strikes the earth's surface. These remote sensors send the raw data via a satellite-based communications network to the Network Control Center operated by Vaisala Inc. in Tucson, Arizona. Within seconds of a lightning strike, the NCC's central analyzers process information on the location, time, polarity, and communicated to users across the country.

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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 60.0   S: 18.0   E: -60.0   W: -130.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Vaisala GAI, Inc.
Dataset Title: The U.S. National Lightning Detection Network Database (NLDN)
Dataset Release Place: Tucson, AZ, USA
Version: Not provided
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1989-01-01
Data Center
Vaisala, Inc. Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Email: at
Distribution Media: Online (HTTP)
Fees: Contact Vaisala for Fee information.
Email: at
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1994-04-21
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-11-08