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Performance of lightning locating systems in extracting lightning flash characteristics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Electricity.
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2014 (English)In: Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, ISSN 1364-6826, E-ISSN 1879-1824, Vol. 112, 31-37 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A study was carried out to compare the negative cloud to ground lightning discharges recorded using Swedish lightning locating system against time correlated direct field measurements. Only the first 200 ms time window was investigated. A total of 167 flashes were recorded and time matched against the lightning locating system records. The comparison shows that for negative cloud-to-ground lightning flashes, the stroke detection efficiency of lightning locating system is at 93% for detecting the first stroke accurately. The efficiency drops to about 77% in detecting all strokes accurately. Thus, the system tends to give a low value for average multiplicity and a significantly higher value for parameters such as percentage of single stroke flashes. In agreement with the direct field measurements, when the individual strokes are identified correctly, both systems show the expected 2:1 ratio between the first and subsequent stroke peak field. Data also shows that the LLS system has a tendency of identifying isolated cloud pulses as positive return strokes. Hence one must take into account the systematic deficiency in lightning locating systems when reporting characteristics of cloud to ground lightning flashes.

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2014. Vol. 112, 31-37 p.
Keyword [en]
Lightning, Sweden, Lightning detection, Lightning climatology
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Geochemistry Geophysics Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences Engineering and Technology
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Engineering Science with specialization in Science of Electricity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-227271DOI: 10.1016/j.jastp.2014.02.001ISI: 000335876000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-227271DiVA: diva2:731685
Available from: 2014-07-02 Created: 2014-06-24 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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