Blitzortung Lightning Monitor

Blitzortung Lightning Monitor

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Simple to use map based application visualizing real time full area lightning data provided by the lightning location network project. The current thunderstorm situation at your fingertips.

Feature summary:
- realtime display of lightning data
- display of historical lightning data of the last 24 hours
- support for regions Europe, USA and Australia/New Zealand
- lightning strike time color coded
- reduced data volume and fast response
- current lightning strike time and lightning count
- optional user location display
- alarm function shows distance/direction of storms
- alarm background service
- support for notifications and vibration alarm
- single stroke display for participants

Please visit for more information regarding the community based lightning location project.

The raster display ensures a fast performance of the application even if there is a very high thunderstorm activity. participants can visualize all stroke locations individually.

If you would like to contribute to a translation of the software in your language, please do not hesitate to contact the author of the software.

Note to Australian/US west coast users: The network is currently concentrated on the eastern part of the continent. If you would like to help to extend the coverage to other parts of australia/US, please participate in the network. Further information can be found here Thank you!

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Please note that version 1.1.0 does not work on devices where freed wakelocks do not ignore the timeout if they are already free, but crash the application instead. This is solved with 1.1.1

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Recently changed in this version

Version 1.1 & 1.2 (Android 4.0+):
- fixed sound notifications
- use AlarmManager and WakeLocks to ensure background service operation
- reduce amount of transferred data, when running in background
- alarm signal only at situation changes
- enabled Hardware acceleration (1.2 only)

Version 1.0:
- tap on histogram zooms to full data area
- tap on alarm radar zooms to current location
- improved UI scaling
- added alarm signal settings to configure vibration and/or sounds

Comments and ratings for Blitzortung Lightning Monitor
  • (72 stars)

    by sam ackroyd on 23/04/2014

    Tallies well with radar data on other apps, just need some local thunder to confirm!

  • (72 stars)

    by Justin Flick on 23/04/2014

    Works just like I'd expect it to. I wish the 5km raster draw was a bit faster, but this is not a big problem.

  • (72 stars)

    by Sid Withey on 21/04/2014

    Works well but it continually plays my default ring tone as soon as the app is opened. Tried reinstalling but to no effect. Have to operate with sound muted. How can I stop it playing the ring tone?

  • (72 stars)

    by Robert Drummer on 18/04/2014

    Great app with one exception: My expectation would be most recent strike grids would be red, fading to lighter yellow/green with time. Maybe red for danger isn't a global standard?

  • (72 stars)

    by Byron Dixon on 04/03/2014

    Great program. Easy to use.

  • (72 stars)

    by Kennedy Howell on 26/01/2014

    Keep it up

  • (72 stars)

    by peter membrey on 09/01/2014

    This app is very good had it on last phone for over a year no probs just installed on new phone keep up the good work devs.