Having lived in Florida for many years, I am no stranger to intense and powerful thunderstorms. Tracking lightning strikes can keep you and your family safe, especially if you need to go outside during a storm or prepare for one before it arrives.
The Thunder Board Grove I2C Lightning Detector for Raspberry Pi and Arduino is a sensor board that can detect and track lightning activity in the vicinity. It even provides an estimated distance to the center of the storm.
This sensors looks for a radio frequency fingerprint to identify a strike. Lightning is commonly difficult to detect since there are countless devices in our homes and on our person that create the same type of electrical noise. The secret sauce is an embedded lightning algorithm that scans the incoming signal patterns and rules out man-made disturbances and noise sources.
The Grove I2C Lightning Detector can warn of incoming storm activity within a radius of 40km and tracks both cloud-to-ground and cloud-to-cloud strikes. Grove connectors also ensure that no soldering is required.