In the last couple of hours in Derby, Derbyshire there has been a severe thunder storm with some serious major lightning strikes and torrential rain, the likes of which I've not seen for years.
Did you know that you can view a real-time lightning strike map of the UK so you can see where the thunderstorm is and how severe it is?
Here is a screen grab showing the last 60 minutes of lightning strikes for the UK, as you can see the storm was quite bad. Next image below this one is a current map of lightning strikes for the UK for comparison.
|Real-time lightning strike map showing strikes over Derby at 11:30am on Thursday 28th June 2012.|
Personally I enjoy watching a good thunderstorm and trying to predict if the storm is getting closer or further away by counting in seconds between the flash and the thunder. There are lots of books on the subject.
Next time there is a thunderstorm in the Derby area you may be able to see it comming by looking at the local webcams - Derby and Derbyshire webcams.
If you would like to see real-time lightning strike map for the UK right this second then here it is below.
If there are no coloured markers on it then thats because there are no thunderstorms!
The map below shows all of the lightning strikes that have occurred in the last 60 minutes. Also what charge they were and if they connected between clouds or to the ground.
Here is the key
+CG Positive cloud to ground strike
-CG Negative cloud to ground strike
+IC Positive in cloud or intracloud strike
-IC Negative in cloud or intracloud strike