Use Cases




We know when lightning strikes

Improve your operational resilience and protect your personnel with lightning data from the world’s leading lightning detection network.

Superior worldwide lightning detection with unrivaled local accuracy

No one captures more lightning data

We detect and report more than two billion lightning strikes every year, all within seconds of the flash. Our global detection network provides reliable lightning information with unsurpassed location accuracy across land and sea, even in the most remote areas beyond the range of radars and satellites.

Single-source access with global coverage

We provide single-source access to standardized global thunderstorm and lightning data 24 hours a day with 99.99% uptime without the need to purchase or maintain additional equipment or systems. Our premier lightning detection network is accurate within 100 meters in the U.S. and 1 km globally.

Industry's most-trusted lightning data

With almost 40 years of lightning detection experience, no other company can match Xweather for quality, accuracy, and coverage. Vaisala is the primary source of lightning data for the U.S. Armed Forces, National Weather Service, Federal Aviation Administration, and many international commercial organizations.

Global lightning data at your fingertips

The Xweather lightning API meets the demands of developers, product managers, and data scientists across industries with access to our best-in-class lightning data. 

With easy integration, advanced geospatial capabilities, and industry-leading support, our lightning API for developers is ready to power your weather-influenced applications and solutions today. Sign up for our free trial and test-drive our most popular features at no cost for 30 days.

Severe weather monitoring and lightning alerts

The Xweather Insight weather confidence platform delivers an all-in-one solution for weather risk management, real-time storm monitoring, and automated lightning alerts to protect your people, property, and assets in every location worldwide. With real-time alerts, self-managed assets, and flexible notification settings, Xweather Insight ensures you get the right alerts to the right people at the right time.

Real-time thunderstorm tracking and alerts

Thunderstorm Manager is an older, web-based software solution for lightning risk management, real-time storm monitoring, and lightning alert automation. For new customers, we recommend our new Xweather Insight platform, which offers more flexible configuration options, additional features, and an improved user experience.

Annual lightning report

Now in its seventh year, the Vaisala Xweather annual lightning report looks at the impact of nature’s most extreme weather phenomenon. The 2023 report examines the risk of lightning for the wind energy sector with a first-of-its-kind analysis that reveals the most lightning-prone wind farms in the United States.

Lightning triggers wildfires, disrupts power, impacts businesses, and is a significant hazard to life and property. In another new analysis, we present the top 20 metropolitan areas in the United States where thunderstorms are most likely to disrupt daily life.

Prepare for lightning season with Xweather Insight

Live demo — May 29

Thunderstorms are more frequent and intense in the summer. See how you can protect your personnel while minimizing operational downtime in this live demo of the Xweather Insight weather confidence platform.

  • How to set up real-time lightning alerts for your locations

  • How to get ahead of danger with lightning forecast alerts

  • Examples of alert configurations for different industries

  • Ask our experts your burning questions about lightning

Lightning risks for the wind energy industry

Watch this on-demand webinar to see new insights from our analysis of lightning activity around 75,000 wind turbines in more than 1,500 U.S. wind farms in 2023.

  • How often does lightning strike wind turbines?

  • Where are wind farms most at risk from lightning?

  • How can the wind energy industry manage lightning risk?

Contact Us

Whatever your lightning data needs, we're here to help. Get in touch today, and let us put our expertise to work for you.

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