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Analyzing Relationships Between Lightning And Rain In Order To Improve Estimation Accuracy Of Rain , Justin Lapp Aug 2007

Analyzing Relationships Between Lightning And Rain In Order To Improve Estimation Accuracy Of Rain , Justin Lapp

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The remote estimation of rainfall rate R is essential for the aviation industry, agriculture, and food warning. Radar, the current means of R estimation, is not available in much of the world. In addition, this measurement involves a level of inaccuracy. Using lightning to detect rain is a relatively inexpensive alternative to radar systems and can be done from existing satellites. Previous research has revealed correlations between lightning and rain, suggesting either that it is possible to estimate R using lightning, or that it is possible to use it to correct for a portion of the radar inaccuracies. These correlations ...