Track Positive Lightning Strikes Using KELOLAND Storm Tracker App


The past two nights in southeast KELOLAND brought a round of showers and storms.  Having the Storm Tracker App is a great tool to watch what’s coming to your area.

There are several options to watch the storms his spring and summer in KELOLAND.  When you open the setting for the radar, you have seven options.  Our three Doppler radars, a national radar, or the Nexrad radars out of Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, or Rapid City. 
You can also choose to have lightning as an overlay of the radar.  An added feature with the lightning display is that it tracks positive lightning strikes.

Here’s an example of the positive strikes from yesterday’s storms.  You can see a small ‘plus’ sign just southeast of Vermillion around 8 p.m.  Zooming in, shows this strike really close to the town of Burbank.  

While positive lightning strikes only make up five percent of lightning strikes, they are more intense.  They’re usually the first and last ones of a thunderstorm and are the ones usually responsible for forest fires.  

This Saturday we’ll be at the Marion Road HyVee from 9 a.m. until Noon.  While we will be there to help program weather radios, we’ll also help with downloading and using the Storm Tracker App.  

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