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Where did the XkyFire Lightning Service come from?

The XkyFire network is operated by Lifeskill Rescue Services, a rope-way evacuation services company based in Banff, Alberta. The ropes turn very dependably decade after decade, but, a lightning strike nearby stopped one in August 2013, and the rescue team was on the mountain until after midnight helping to sort things out. The question naturally …

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XkyFire Lightning: How it Works

If you own an AM radio, you own a lightning sensor. Lightning either transmits a signal, or leaves a signature, depending on how you look at it (or when, rather). ¬†Associated with every lightning flash there is a low frequency radio signal, the creation of a momentary electrical field, generation of a magnetic field, and …

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Dual and Tri Alerting Sites

New account types for 2021. Dual- Alert-Site and Tri-Alert-Site accounts (DASA & TASA). These are Commercial Premium XkyFire accounts designed for large scale industrial or wide area recreation operations. Airports, rail yards, port facilities, or aquatic operations around lakes and at coastal areas. The difference from the basic commercial premium accounts though is these add …

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XkyFire Top Ten

Stability. Enterprise sensing hardware, with enterprise quality servers and software. Automatically backed-up, redundant server architecture and commercial grade messaging services. Accuracy. Using Nano-second timing we are able to calculate to within +/- thirty feet the location of the most energetic portion of any cloud-ground lightning strike. Relevance. The XkyFire system filters away that 92-96% of …

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Commercial Lightning Protection

The original XkyFire Lightning Services product. The entire network was conceived out of a near-miss lightning strike against a rope-way operation. The question naturally arose the following day that asked how the response and preparation for such an event could have been handled better. Part of the answer revolved around better awareness of lightning. The …

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Lightning Safety for Events

Summer is here, and along with that, music-festivals, rodeos, running-races, track competitions, game weekends, county fairs and a hundred other fun outdoor activities. Weather has always impacted such gatherings and watching for lightning is one of the best indicators of the approach of severe weather. From afternoon thunderstorms to tornadoes and even hurricanes ‚Ķ. Lightning …

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Saturday Afternoon Soccer Games

Another nice June afternoon. 820 and a mixed-up sky full of puffy white clouds and tons of sunshine. The field is green, freshly cut and painted just this morning. Mini-vans and pick-ups are filling the parking lot and kids and parents are tumbling out of them and setting up lawn chairs and picnic blankets and …

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