You might want to consider investing in one of these. If not, you do need to constantly monitor the NOAA weather channel on your radio and take action if you see thunderstorms moving into your area of operation.

Make sure you have a plan of action in place or a policy for your personnel for lightning.

There are many different types of handheld devices you could use with an RWC and you do not have good comm’s with your ground staff via radio, check out these devices. They are small, compact and affordable.

If you operate in a high-risk area consider an electronic device such as this:

Product Description- The AcuRite Lightning Detector could save your life. It detects cloud-to-ground, cloud-to-cloud and intra-cloud lightning strikes within a 25 mi./40 km range and notifies you with a loud alarm, flashing red LED light and text message on the backlit display. It also displays a running total of the number of strikes detected.


And its enhanced interference rejection feature prevents false lightning detection. Pocket-sized for portability, this weather-resistant unit has a no-slip clip and two modes of operation: outdoor and indoor. Operates on 2 AAA batteries (not included) with an 8 – 10-month battery life expectancy. $25USD (Source: Tom Hawes)

Posted: June 11, 2019

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