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Thunderstorm radar

There is hardly one Weather phenomenonwhat we humans are so enthusiastic about - we're talking about lightning and thunder. Humans have been trying to find out the background to this phenomenon since time immemorial. Unfortunately, much of this natural phenomenon remains hidden from us to this day. It is precisely for this reason that lightning and thunder radiate such a fascination for us.

Would you like to find out where there is lightning? Or just find out if you have one in the near future thunderstorm are concerned? Then you should definitely use our Thunderstorm radar use for Germany, Austria and Switzerland! This will provide you with accurate information about lightning and thunder in your region and updates every second!

Depending on the strength, the precipitation appears on the storm radar in the colors blue (weak precipitation), green, yellow, orange (moderate precipitation), red or purple (very heavy precipitation). Thunderstorms and lightning strikes are indicated with a small lightning symbol.


Tracking thunderstorm front up to date - How to read the thunderstorm radar:

The Thunderstorm radar shows you on the map current thunderstorm in color. The strength of the thunderstorm will be like ours Storm radar with the help of Precipitationmeasured. A blue or green color indicates a relatively weak thunderstorm or weak precipitation.

With a yellow, orange, red and especially purple color, however, caution is advised:

A thunderstorm front of this kind brings with it a significant risk of storms. You can also see small flashes on the thunderstorm map, which are noticeable as a short, white flash. Each of these lightning bolts signals a single lightning strike.

To show the course over time and the direction of movement of the storm front, simply click the cursor symbol. In this way you can see exactly how the thunderstorm has developed in the last hours and minutes and draw conclusions about where the thunderstorm is heading.

 

What you need to know about thunderstorms and lightning radar!

The big advantage of ours Thunderstorm radars is because thunderstorms or lightning are displayed to you with a very short delay.

The lightning radar measurement technology makes a decisive contribution to this: every lightning strike / lightning strike emits an electromagnetic wave that spreads over hundreds of kilometers. This wave hits different radar stations at the speed of light. Due to the different arrival times (in the range of milliseconds) of the electromagnetic wave, precise conclusions can be drawn about the point of impact and the strength of the lightning.

So you can locate lightning bolts “live” and in “real time” yourself.

How do thunderstorms occur?

The driving force behind a thunderstorm is, on the one hand, high solar radiation, water evaporation and the resulting formation of a cloud (more about cloud formation). The friction of the water molecules in the cloud creates a high electrical voltage, which is balanced out by discharging a lightning bolt. This discharge can take place either through a lightning strike in the ground or in another cloud.

By the way:

The thunder is caused by the sudden expansion of the air in the immediate vicinity of the lightning - this can reach temperatures of up to 30,000 degrees Celsius and is only a few centimeters thick!


Thunderstorm - how do you behave? "

140 kilometers ...

... the longest lightning bolt ever measured was that long. "

Basically, you should seek protection as soon as possible at the first signs of thunderstorms, as lightning can cover many kilometers. So there is not only danger when the thunderstorm is in the immediate vicinity. You are safest in a house or vehicle during a thunderstorm. If you are outdoors during a thunderstorm, it is important to avoid trees, hills, lakes, and rivers. Electricity pylons are also popular targets for lightning strikes - so you should keep your distance from them. The best thing to do is to find a dry hollow, crouch down and encircle your legs with your arms. It is best to stay on your tiptoe while doing this. In the event of an impact, you offer the smallest surface area for lightning to attack in the immediate vicinity or prevent large voltages from flowing through your body.


Thunderstorm distance

330 meters ...

... in a second, that's how fast the thunder moves towards you.

When you are aware of this, distance measurement becomes child's play for you. Just count the seconds that elapse between the lightning and thunder. Then divide the number of seconds by three and you have already found out the distance to the thunderstorm in kilometers:

Example: 12 seconds pass between lightning and thunder - 12 seconds divided by 3 equals 4 - the thunderstorm is 4 kilometers away.