The East Coast Lightning Detection Network Academic Article uri icon


  • A magnetic direction-finding network for the detection of lightning cloud-to-ground strikes has been installed along the east coast of the United States. Most of the lightning occurring from Maine to Florida and as far west as Ohio is detected. Time, location, flash polarity, stroke count, and peak signal amplitude are recorded in real time. Flash locations, time, and polarity are displayed routinely for research and operational purposes. Flash density maps have been generated for the summers of 1983 and 1984, when the network only extended to North Carolina, and show density maxima in northern Virginia and Maryland. Computer-based display systems that access this network in real time are now in use to evaluate the usefulness of the data. Copyright 1986 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

published proceedings

  • IEEE Transactions on Power Systems

author list (cited authors)

  • Orville, R. E., Pyle, R. B., & Henderson, R. W.

publication date

  • January 1, 1986 11:11 AM