High-altitude environmental monitoring stations are often in very exposed places, putting them at risk from lightning strike. Lightning strikes can damage equipment and cause data loss. At Rose Ridge, 2000 m above sea level in Mt Cook National Park, we have installed a lightning protection system with our monitoring station.

 

Assessing the risk

Lightning strikes happen far more often than many appreciate, with most events going unnoticed.

The New Zealand Meteorological Service (NZMS) operates a Lightning Detection Network that records the location and magnitude of lightning strikes throughout New Zealand. The number of strikes can vary greatly from year to year and between regions. The NZMS can generate a lightning map centred on any chosen location...

 

Please read more on NIWA website.