Lightning

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Hello, is it possible to get the data for lightning strikes from wunderground? If not, is there any other information source that can give me this information in a data form (text, xml or other non graphical)
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Posted 6 years ago

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EricSpittle

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1) You're lazy. Please at least take the time to look through a little bit of documentation before posting a question.

2) No, to the best of my knowledge WU does not offer this service. Several companies do, but as far as I've been able to find none of them do it for free and all of them require you to contact them in regards to pricing for a specific application.

3) There are two major players in this realm of data (that I know of). Please look up USPLN/NAPLN and Vaisala. They have all of the information you need. Parsing their data feeds and getting access to them is all on you.
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Sorry for asking but thanks for answering
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No problem, sorry for sounding condescending, but the documentation for this API is kind of short and easy to read through. I've looked into this before, and was unable to find any free services, or even services where you could easily scrape the data without their permission. If it's for personal use both of the above sites will show you their information in graphical format however, so both are useful if you just want to know if there's lightning near you.
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I've looked trough the documentation and I was pretty certain WU didn't support this but I wanted to keep all options open (maybe something new was being prepared as we speak?).

It's not for personal use and I was looking for data of lightning strikes in Belgium so the above references aren't useful to me. There is a (paid) system in belgium to recieve this kind of information called SAFIR. Another source I've found is http://www.buienradar.nl/bliksem where they make reference to a KML file http://www2.meteox.com/lightning.kml
However, this file has not been updated since I've first laid my eyes on it.
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Well I suppose I'm just kind of a jerk then, I apologize. I recently was looking for some solutions in the US and thus far have been unable to find a low cost solution, so I hope your luck is better across the pond. There are some very advanced lightning strike detectors out there than can be used with a PC, but they are also very expensive.
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never mind, thanks for the help