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Lightning Meteorology 1

Electrification and Lightning Activity in Typical Thunderstorms

Bard Zajac, John Weaver and Dan Lindsey

with contributions from Tony Mostek, Dan Bikos, Brian Motta, Walt Petersen, Fred Mosher, Sam Beckman and the staff from NSSL


Lightning Meteorology I examines electrification and cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning activity in typical warm season thunderstorms, both isolated storms and mesoscale convective systems. The broad objective of this teletraining course is to utilize CG lightning data in nowcasting / forecasting these storms.

Specific course objectives are:


This is a basic course. There are no prerequisites.

Training Session Options

NOAA/NWS students - to begin the training, use the web-based video, YouTube video, or audio playback options below (if present for this session). Certificates of completion for NOAA/NWS employees can be obtained by accessing the session via the Commerce Learn Center

  1. Web-based video that can be taken at anytime (streamed, not recommended for low-bandwidth users). Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation. Also be sure that you are using a flash enabled browser.
  2. Audio playback (recommended for low-bandwidth users) - This is an audio playback version in the form of a downloadable VISITview and can be taken at anytime.

    Create a directory to download the audio playback file (30 MB) from the following link:

    After extracting the files into that directory click on either the visitplay.bat or visitauto.bat file to start the lesson. If both files are present, use visitauto.bat

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