TOA’s Australian lightning network partnership with MetraWeather


Lightning is one of the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazards in Australia. There are deaths and over 100 severe injuries caused by lightning in Australia year-on-year. Lightning can severely harm or take the lives of workers and has the potential to disrupt operations through damage to communications and plant infrastructure, fire and ignition risks, and downtime on sites until the lightning threat has passed. In Australia, the…

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Completed the first phase of a pan-Oceania lightning location network

Oceania lightning

The high-resolution network will improve Oceania’s resilience to severe weather events and provide meteorological agencies and commercial users with a level of lightning visibility never before seen. Lightning is one of the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazards. It can take lives, cause severe injuries, damage vital infrastructure, and disrupt commercial operations. These disruptions include operational impacts upon airports, energy utilities, communications networks, and the tourism industry upon…

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MetraWeather and TOA Pan-Oceanic Lightning Network

Oceanic Lightning

The first phase of the Oceanic Lightning program has seen the planned installation of TOA sensors in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Raoul Island, Samoa, American Samoa, Tokelau, and Tonga. Data from these installation sites is combined with information from other TOA lightning sensor installation sites to form a true lightning detection network, with many sensors in the network detecting the same single lightning event thus introducing improved detection…

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General Lightning Safety

lightning safety

Lightning safety is a serious concern. There is no safe place outside during a thunderstorm. You need to take the appropriate actions to prevent incidents. Studies using lightning detection systems have found that on average, lightning will hit within six to eight miles of the last strike. You can determine how many miles you are from a lightning strike by counting on the fact that light travels much faster…

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MetraWeather and TOA Systems, Inc. pan-ASEAN lightning network expansion

pan-asean lightning

The network is designed to improve the region’s resilience to escalating extreme weather events and mitigate the risks associated with devastating lightning strikes. The network will be expanded in Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The business model is technology agnostic. It has been designed to enable the ASEAN countries’ National Meteorological Services to access the data they need to deliver enhanced public safety…

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TOA Systems lightning technology to assist with Alaska wildfire management


TOA Systems, Inc. announced that it has been selected by the Bureau of Land Management Alaska State Office to provide the lightning detection system for the BLM Alaska Fire Service (AFS). The Alaska Fire Service, located in Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wild-land fire suppression services for all Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. As part of the AFS contract, TOA will provide 16 precision digital…

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