Thursday, May 22, 2014
Lightning Strikes Twice on Google Maps
We've always been suckers for live weather maps on Google Maps Mania. With some huge storms heading across Europe at the moment this is a great time to check out some real-time lightning maps.
LighteningMaps is a live Google Map of lightning strikes across the globe. I like the animated flashing circles that flash on the map to record each lightning strike. The map doesn't include sound but I found it much more fun to add your own sound effects (go on give it a try - you know you want to).
Blitzortung.org works with a community of users, who have built their own lightning receivers, to automatically display live lightning data on a Google Map.
Blitzortung.org includes instructions on how you can build your own lightning monitor and also includes instructions on how you can build your own Google Map based on the data received from a lightning monitor.
If you can't be bothered to build your own lightning box you can always just check out Blitzortung's live Google Map of lightning strikes.