Lightning is the discharge of electricity from thunderstorms. Ground strikes can cause significant damage to property and infrastructure, and injure or kill people and livestock. Lightning is often associated with other severe weather events, such as strong wind gusts. Thunderstorms may increase in frequency and intensity with climate change.
This dataset shows the location of sensors in the New Zealand Lightning Detection Network (NZLDN), run by MetService.
Sensors around the country detect lightning over the New Zealand land mass and a short distance out to sea. These sensors detect very accurately the electrical discharge, location, and time, as well as noting other parameters such as current strength. The NZLDN records both cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground strikes.
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|1.||Data quality information for Lightning recorders||188 KB||
|Category||Environmental Reporting > Atmosphere & Climate > Extreme weather events|
|Tags||CLIMATE-AND-WEATHER, HAZARDS-Severe-local-storms, New Zealand, CLIMATE-AND-WEATHER-Extreme-weather-events, Environment Aotearoa 2015|
|Regions||Whataroa, Te Anau, Inland Water-Lake Te Anau, Waiho, Auckland, Carterton District, Tasman District, New Plymouth District, Dunedin City, Far North District, Gisborne District, Waimakariri District, Christchurch City|
|Metadata||Dublin Core, ISO 19115/19139|
|Data type||Vector point||Feature count||10|
|Attributes||Abbrv, Site_Name, Region, MapNo, lat, long|
|Services||Vector Query API, Web Feature Service (WFS), Catalog Service (CS-W), data.govt.nz Atom Feed|