Lightning warning systems

Martin J. Murphy, Kenneth L. Cummins, Ronald L. Holle

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Previous chapters have dealt primarily with lightning protection of buildings, power systems and equipment, and principally from the point of view of minimizing or avoiding direct or induced damage from direct or nearby lightning strikes. In this chapter, we change the focus to discuss primarily lightning protection of people through providing advance notice of the threat of lightning. Although the primary focus of this chapter is on human safety in the presence of lightning, this material also has relevance in other areas of lightning protection and avoidance. For example, even though modern aircraft are capable of withstanding a triggered lightning discharge, other hazards posed by thunderstorms are a more serious threat. Examples are the severe thunderstorm downdrafts that may be encountered by aircraft upon take-off or landing and the icing and turbulence associated with the clouds aloft. In addition, the whole class of lightning protection methods known as ‘active protection’ is based on shutting down sensitive systems or processes in advance of the presence of lightning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLightning Protection
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9781849191067
ISBN (Print)9780863417443
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Aircraft
  • Alarm systems
  • Atmospheric techniques
  • Avoidance
  • Clouds
  • Clouds
  • Human safety
  • Icing
  • Lightning
  • Lightning direct damage
  • Lightning induced damage
  • Lightning protection
  • Lightning protection
  • Lightning warning systems
  • Power system protection
  • Thunderstorm downdraft
  • Turbulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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