In contrast to real-time data, archival or historical lightning is data that is older than 24 hours from time of detection. Historical lightning data is very valuable for forensic analysis and investigations, longer-term logistical and operational planning, statistical research, and integration with market information.
Archived lightning data can be obtained in a variety of ways and formats, for large or small areas. In most cases, archives can include all available data parameters or a reduced set. Data from the USPLN archives are available from mid-2005 to current day, with extended North American regions available from late 2008. There are several delivery options:
Premium license upgrades to real-time data services;
Data files that can be ingested into commercial or custom software;
Graphical images of lightning data overlaid on a map;
Bulk data sets that can be integrated with business data for statistical analysis;
Customized reports for specific time frames and locations.
Members of the insurance industry will be interested in WSI WeatherFX Replay, a web-based forensics portal that provides instant access to street-level lightning data to identify severe weather impact.
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