LightningMaps.org: Real-time Lightning Map
#1
Hi folks,

here is something new: http://www.lightningmaps.org/realtime

This map displays all strokes of the last 60 minutes in all regions. New ones are added almost in real time! The delay is up to 5 seconds. Station owners can check the signals or turn on their buzzers, wait for some lightning signal and a few seconds later there should be a new marker in the map. The best results can be seen in Central Europe due to the high station density.

Please note that this is a very first beta version! There's still some work to do. We can not guarantee for anything!

Have fun! Cool
Stations: 538, 672, 1534, 1555, 1696, 1712
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#2
Great Smile

Good work Tobi!
Stations: 584, 585, 1570
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#3
Outstanding! Big Grin
                   TwinHollies WeatherCenter  Frankfort KY, USA
  Americas Operators at Sferics.us
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#4
Thank you. Great stuff.

Now with the Tstorm season here this is great.
Stations: 976, 1505
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#5
(2014-05-09, 16:37)Tobi Wrote: The best results can be seen in Central Europe due to the high station density.
I have to revert that. The most important thing is a thunderstorm with a lot of lightning strokes Big Grin. Texas is currently very interesting. LightningLightningLightning

There's now also an option to enable a tick sound on every stroke on the map.
Stations: 538, 672, 1534, 1555, 1696, 1712
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#6
Here's link to real-time (not lapse) video captured this afternoon, if you all want it...
Click pic or use: http://www.ourspecialnet.com/Weather/Twi.../i-gzjCJMN
[Image: LightningMaps.org%20-%5B2%5D-L.jpg]

Well Done, Tobi! Nothing but 5 star reviews so far!
Mike
                   TwinHollies WeatherCenter  Frankfort KY, USA
  Americas Operators at Sferics.us
        Stations: 689, 1439
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#7
Awesome work, Tobi!!!!! Cool Cool Cool
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Stations: 1387
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#8
Now with option to display participated stations. Smile


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#9
(2014-05-10, 16:21)Tobi Wrote: Now with option to display participated stations. Smile

WOW.......
Can it get much better than thisCool
Ben.
RED Station: 878,   Flightradar24: F-EGLF1,  Open Glider Network: Aldersht2, PlanePlotter: M7.
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#10
Indeed, this is the next level of data presentation.

I hope all these statistics computations and display generation isn't taxing the server. Dale
Stations: 976, 1505
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#11
(2014-05-11, 00:46)Dale.Reid Wrote: Indeed, this is the next level of data presentation.

I hope all these statistics computations and display generation isn't taxing the server. Dale
Not a chance. Big Grin
                   TwinHollies WeatherCenter  Frankfort KY, USA
  Americas Operators at Sferics.us
        Stations: 689, 1439
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#12
Tobi,
I have just discovered the stations toggle (with a little help from my friends) and as I said in the WxForum, this thing is now more addicting than a lava lamp. If you've ever seen one of those...

Thank you. I can only hope your fertile imagination can top this most recent upgrade/improvement. This is seemingly as good as it can get.
Dale
Stations: 976, 1505
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#13
Dale,

this thing is more addicting than watching a disk defragmentation program. Big Grin

Robo Smile
Stations: 92, 1563
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#14
Bug:
The map does not show when I have IPv6 enabled in my browser (Firefox 29.0.1). I only get a empty square where the map is supposed to be. If I disable IPv6 in Firefox (network.dns.disableIPv6=true) everything works. I have a working IPv6 connection and other websites using IPv6 works fine. I also tried in Internet Explorer and Chrome with the same result.


Suggestion:
You should look into replacing polling for new data with pushing new data from the server using the WebSocket API (http://apress.jensimmons.com/v5/pro-html...g/ch7.html). This should save you bandwidth usage and allow you to send each event without delay.
Stations: 702, 1109
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#15
(2014-05-11, 00:46)Dale.Reid Wrote: I hope all these statistics computations and display generation isn't taxing the server. Dale
Don't worry, there's currently no access by users to the computing servers itself.

(2014-05-11, 12:11)robo Wrote: this thing is more addicting than watching a disk defragmentation program. Big Grin
And the sound is almost like a Geiger tube, especially when strike rate is around or above ~100/min as currently in Europe and USA Big Grin

(2014-05-11, 12:24)aib Wrote: Bug:
The map does not show when I have IPv6 enabled in my browser (Firefox 29.0.1). I only get a empty square where the map is supposed to be. If I disable IPv6 in Firefox (network.dns.disableIPv6=true) everything works. I have a working IPv6 connection and other websites using IPv6 works fine. I also tried in Internet Explorer and Chrome with the same result.
Oops. Fixed now. Had to switch to IPv6-only here to reproduce the behavior. Thanks!

(2014-05-11, 12:24)aib Wrote: Suggestion:
You should look into replacing polling for new data with pushing new data from the server using the WebSocket API (http://apress.jensimmons.com/v5/pro-html...g/ch7.html). This should save you bandwidth usage and allow you to send each event without delay.
I've already had in mind to use WebSocket, but due to limited time it's currently good old XHTMLRequest only. The server load by the real-time map is currently(!) barely noticeable.

BTW: The CPU load on the clients computers is much higher than on the server due to the animation of those circles and lines. But that's good: Due to the higher power usage, we get more global warming and therefore more thunderstorms and more warming again and so on .... Tongue
Stations: 538, 672, 1534, 1555, 1696, 1712
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#16
Tobi,
Is the circle size any indication of the estimated strike current? Maybe it is an optical illusion that when a real zapper lights up and many stations especially distant ones point to it, I get the impression that the dot is a bit bigger. May only be my mind looking at it with lots of lines pointing to it.

Also, thanks for the reassurance that looking at passing storms isn't goofing up your map and statistics generator that makes all this happen. Great idea to push as much of the display and animation off to our computers. Sort of like the SETI network a few years ago where lots of little machines scattered about used their idle cycles to analyze signals.

Dale
Stations: 976, 1505
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#17
(2014-05-11, 18:54)Dale.Reid Wrote: Maybe it is an optical illusion that when a real zapper lights up and many stations especially distant ones point to it, I get the impression that the dot is a bit bigger.

It's an illusion. Calculation of current doesn't work (yet). Undecided
Stations: 538, 672, 1534, 1555, 1696, 1712
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#18
Cool map Smile

Will the realtime-data be available in some way so usermade maps (like Euroblitz) can access it?

// Henkka
Stations: 1406, 1600
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#19
Today I've fixed a memory leak and added a fullscreen view.

(2014-05-12, 09:36)weatherc Wrote: Will the realtime-data be available in some way so usermade maps (like Euroblitz) can access it?
Yes, of course. But it will take some time, maybe months, because there's a lot of other stuff to do.
Stations: 538, 672, 1534, 1555, 1696, 1712
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#20
(2014-05-15, 20:50)Tobi Wrote: Yes, of course. But it will take some time, maybe months, because there's a lot of other stuff to do.

Okay. Just let me know if you need any help with testing or something Smile

// Henkka
Stations: 1406, 1600
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