Local Lightning Sensor

  • Real-Time Information

  • Precision Detection

  • Functional Data

AWI's Lightning Display and Recording System

Featuring the Model 6500 Lightning Detection Sensor

The Model 6500 Thunderstorm Detector, capable of detecting electrical discharges associated with thunderstorms up to 250 miles and more from the sensor. The Model 6500 is a passive sensor that listens for electromagnetic signals with a receiving antenna. There is no transmitter, and therefore no harmful transmissions.

The Model 6500's processor is housed inside the sensor enclosure along with the Interface Board. The processor includes data acquisition circuitry and circuitry to process strike data. The Interface Board provides a data buffer and handles communication.

The sensor transmits a data package consisting of strike data and status information every two seconds. When errors are detected, the errors are recorded in an error log.