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DC Lightning Mapping Array Overview

New Mexico Tech's Lightning Mapping Array (LMA) is a three-dimensional total lightning location system developed by Bill Rison, Paul Krehbiel, Ron Thomas and colleagues. The system is patterned after the LDAR (Lightning Detection and Ranging) system developed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center by Carl Lennon, Launa Maier and colleagues. The Lightning Mapping Array measures the time of arrival of 60 MHz RF radiation from a lightning discharge at multiple stations, and locates the sources of the radiation to produce a three-dimensional map of total lightning activity. The time-of-arrival technique for studying lightning was pioneered by Dave Proctor in South Africa.

For more information, visit http://lightning.nmt.edu/nmt_lms/.

Portable Lightning Mapping Array Inside the Lightning Mapping Array
Portable LMA Instrument Inside the LMA

DC Lightning Mapping Array Participants

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Northern Virginia Community College - Woodbridge George Mason University Howard University, Beltsville Campus Applied Physics Laboratory Johns Hopkins University Howard University NWS Test and Evaluation Group, Sterling College of Southern Maryland The University of Maryland Baltimore County North Virginia Community College Annandale
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Northern Virginia Community College - Woodbridge
George Mason University
Howard University, Beltsville Campus
Applied Physics Laboratory Johns Hopkins University
Howard University
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NWS Test and Evaluation Group, Sterling
Montgomery College Rockville (not participating)
College of Southern Maryland
The University of Maryland Baltimore County
North Virginia Community College Annandale

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