Predicting lightning storms



Lightning is the second most deadly weather phenomenon after flash floods. It kills more people a year than tornadoes and damages utilities, curtails recreational activities, and affects flight paths. Roughly half of all aviation accidents are weather related according to Delain Edman, of the National Weather Service's National Severe Storms Forecast Center, Kansas City, Mo. That's why meteorologists are testing a new lightning detection network to help predict storms and pinpoint “hot spots” of lightning activity.