Lightning Strike Apps

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Lightning Strike Apps

Postby hburg1222 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:08 am

Does anyone have any experience with Lighting Strike Apps? Good or Bad. Any recommendations for a good app? Or are they a waste of time and money?
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Re: Lightning Strike Apps

Postby Indigomountain » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:19 am

I have "weatherbug elite" ($.99 or $1.99 I think) which has a lightning strike tab. I use it for fun and a bit to gauge what is going on but find that it is really accurate. Yesterday, I saw/heard a flash-boom of thunder and lightning outside my window and up the hill a bit. The app said it was within .2 of a mile. I would say that is pretty accurate. Just my $.02!
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Re: Lightning Strike Apps

Postby pseudoghost » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:34 am

Waste of money. They all require data access (i.e. a cellular network) to work, as they pull data from the NWS about lightning strikes.
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Re: Lightning Strike Apps

Postby Indigomountain » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:06 am

I suppose I should have added that I do not use this in the back country. As Pseudoghost pointed out, no network service.
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Re: Lightning Strike Apps

Postby Gareth » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:48 am

I have the free Weatherbug app on my phone, and it includes a lightning strike function. Somewhat useful at home.....but yeah, worthless in the mountains most of the time. Would probably work just fine on Quandary, though. :wink: That is, if your battery would last that long.
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