The Japanese Lightning Detection Network (JLDN) is a nationwide lightning detection network in Japan. The JLDN consists of 31 sensors detecting the low frequency (LF) band of electromagnetic waves emitted from lightning discharges. The JLDN has been operated since 1998 by Franklin Japan Corporation. The JLDN is the only one network conforming to the international standard IEC62858 which defines the rules making lightning flash density based on Lightning Location Systems (LLS) in Japan. The observation data obtained from the JLDN has been used to protect human lives, their assets and social infrastructures from lightning damage.
The nominal location accuracy of the JLDN was less than 500 m in most of Japan. According to our recent evaluation, the location accuracy for negative cloud to ground discharges was in the range between 100 md and 350 m. The minimum peak current of lightning discharges which the JLDN detected was between approximately 3 kA and 5kA.
One of the distinctive features of lightning occurring in Japan is “winter lightning”. The characteristics of winter lightning are quite different from those of typical summer lightning
● Winter lightning occurs in the coastal area of the Sea of Japan.
● Upward leader initiated and developed from a high structure like a wind turbine and a tower.
● The ratio of positive lightning is higher than that of summer.
● The time of continuous current was quite longer than that of summer lightning.
● Winter lightning often has a large electric charge. The charge is from several tens of coulombs to approximately one thousand coulombs.
We have provided lightning datasets observed by the JLDN for more twenty years. We can make various documents and datasets which you request. Our datasets include lightning occurrence date, time, lightning location (longitude, latitude), peak currents and other parameters. We also make lightning density maps or thunderstorm days map in Japan. We have a track record of issuing lightning occurrence certifications to claim insurance against the damage caused by lightning for over twenty years.
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