See lightning strikes in real time across the planet


See lightning strikes in real time across the planet. Free access to maps of former thunderstorms.

"" is not an official authority for lightning or thunderstorm data. The data shown on our website is provided only for private and entertainment purposes. The project "" is for the contributors merely a voluntary leisure activity.

It is not allowed to use our lightning data for storm warning systems, for plausibility checks of overvoltage damages, or risk analysis for precautionary protection of high-quality technology, even if the data are not obtained directly from our site but from third-party websites.

All images marked by "CC BY-SA" are licensed under the "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0" license (CC BY-SA 4.0) and may therefore be included on other websites under this license without further approval from us. The use of our raw lightning data is allowed only to the participants of the project or to those we explicitly have allowed it.

What data we store: We store any information you enter on our website or give us in any other way whenever you interact with us, with our web servers, or by e-mail. Our web servers obtain certain information when your web browser accesses "". You should ask the provider of your web browser what information your browser passes to web servers (IP address, operationg system, supported languages, ...) and how you can restrict this information.

Why we store data: We mainly store data (depending on the type of the data)

  • to compute lightning and thunderstorm areas,
  • to get in contact with the participants,
  • to control access rights,
  • to ensure a smooth operation of our computing and web servers,
  • to improve the usability of our website, or
  • to comply with law.