Nationwide Lightning Climatology.
AIR FORCE COMBAT CLIMATOLOGY CENTER SCOTT AFB IL
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The 645th Weather Squadron 645 WS provides meteorological support to a wide variety of customers. As an example, they provide weather information to their acquisition customers by determining equipment test locations that have high or low probabilities of lightning strikes. The C-17 is another system supported by the 645th WS. To enhance their customer support, the 645th WS agreed to take over testing of a nationwide lightning climatology originally requested from AFCCC by the Air Force Systems Command, Directorate of Weather. AFCCC produced a lightning climatology for the continental United States CONUS from a database of cloud-to-ground CU lightning strikes that occurred during 1986-90. AFCCC recommended a microcomputer graphics program to display the lightning climatology for the CONUS or by regions in bar graphs, tables, and isopleth analyses. This enabled staff meteorologists at the 645th WS to visualize the climatology and customize studies for their customers.