Satellite Observations of Lightning

  title={Satellite Observations of Lightning},
  author={Joan Ann Vorpahl and J. G. Sparrow and Edward P. Ney},
  pages={860 - 862}
Analysis of the positions of nighttime thunderstorms as determined from the detection of optical radiation by satellite OSO-B reveals that ten times as many lightning storms occur over land areas as over the sea. 

Lightning Observations by Satellite

The data from OSO-5 confirm the OSO-2 result that storm complexes at night are chiefly found over land. The North Atlantic Ocean seems to have more lightning storms associated with it than other

Global lightning distributions at dawn and dusk

Global lightning distributions for the period August 1977 to June 1978 have been obtained from lightning sensors on Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) flights 2 and 3. Seasonally

The detection of lightning from geostationary orbit

Lightning observations from satellites in low Earth orbit have been made over the past 25 years, producing estimates of global flash frequency by season and latitude as well as information on diurnal

The detection of lightning from space

Earth orbit offers a unique vantage point from which to study and monitor the phenomenon of lightning. Space‐borne lightning detection sensors are capable of detecting total lightning activity during

Early coincident satellite optical and ground‐based RF observations of lightning

The DMSP Piggy‐Back Experiment (PBE), was launched into polar orbit in 1977 to detect optical emissions from lightning. On August 8, 1977 it recorded 11 lightning flashes from a storm in the field of

Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) for the Earth Observing System

Not only are scientific objectives and instrument characteristics given of a calibrated optical LIS for the EOS but also for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) which was designed to

Analysis of lightning data from the DMSP satellite

A lightning detector, consisting of 12 silicon photodiodes, each with a field of view of 700 × 700 km on the earth, has been flown on a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellite. Peak

Optical observations of terrestrial lightning by the FORTE satellite photodiode detector

We review data from observations of terrestrial lightning obtained by the FORTE satellite between September 1997 and January 2000. A silicon photodiode detector (PDD) records the intensity-time

Detection of lightning superbolts

Unusually intense lightning strokes have been observed by optical sensors on the Vela satellites. These lightning flashes are over 100 times more intense than typical lightning. The lightning

Relationships between lightning flash rates and radar reflectivity vertical structures in thunderstorms over the tropics and subtropics

[1] Relationships between the vertical profile of radar reflectivity and lightning flash rates are investigated using 13 years of Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) observations during



Discrete Light Sources Observed by Satellite OSO-B

A comparison is made between the intensities, as measured by satellite OSO-B, of various discrete light sources on the earth (lightning, city lights, flare gas from oil wells).

Cloud Heights and Nighttime Cloud Cover from TIROS Radiation Data

Abstract Radiation data obtained from TIROS III have been analyzed, separately for day and for night, for the period July through September 1961. The global distribution of the average effective

Airglow observations from OSO‐B2 satellite

Four photometers sensitive to three wide spectral bands observed the continuum airglow in profile once per orbit from the satellite OSO-B2. The tangential enhancement (factor of 35) gave good

Stoddart for his work on the satellite and W. Elliott for programming the computer. This work was primarily supported

    Coroniti, paper given at

    • Fourth International Conference on Universal Aspects of Atmospheric Electricity,
    • 1968

    Supported by the National Research Council of Canada through a postdoctoral fellow-References and Notes