Grand Junction NWS Release New Tool to Forecast Lightning
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction, Colo. has released a new tool that can predict lightning more than two days in advance.
Lightning in Coloroado is the No. 1 weather-related killer, according to the NWS, three people are killed each year by lightning and 13 are injured.
93 people have been killed by lighting since 1980, yet it's not a focus during severe weather forecasts. Most of the warnings are targeted at strong winds and hail.
Meteorologists in Grand Junction created the Lightning Potential Index (LPI) for Western Colorado and Eastern Utah.
The tool color codes different lightning threat levels from low to high risk. Green for low level, yellow for moderate and red for high risk.
You can check out three hour increments through the next 60 hours.
The Lightning Potential Index is currently only available in Western Colorado, if feedback is positive other NWS locations could adopt the technology.
How accurately do you think the LPI will predict lightning, and will you use it? Let us know in the comments.